Severe Thunderstorms Pass Through Mississippi, Alabama

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Storm damage from a system that passed through Mississippi Sunday night and Monday morning caused downed trees and power lines across the state.

There were reports in Lauderdale, Kemper, Leake, and Newton counties. Straight line winds blew down a barn on Highway 492 west of Union.

Authorities say one person was badly injured from the severe weather overnight in Alabama.
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Authorities say a man who was struck by lighting during an overnight outbreak of severe weather in north Alabama is still fighting for life.

The National Weather service says a man was hit by lightning on a barge near Tuscumbia about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, and the agency initially reported he had died.

But an official with Ingram Barge Co. said Monday the man survived and is in the cardiac care unit at Huntsville Hospital.

Company spokesman Keel Hunt says the man was revived by rescuers after a captain got the coal barge to a dock at the TVA's Colbert Fossil Plant.
Hospital officials won't release any information on the victim.

What appears to be tornado damage is being reported along a line from Cullman to DeKalb County, but there's no confirmation of a twister.

Forecasters say numerous buildings have roof and window damage in Cullman, and a wall collapsed at a furniture store.

Damage is being reported from Baldwin County on the coast all the way north to the Tennessee Valley. Thousands of people are without power around Birmingham, and trees are blocking roads.


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