Storms Strike Midwest, South

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

An emergency management spokesman says more
than 100 people have been injured in central Alabama by a line of storms that also killed at least two as it moved across the South and Midwest.

At least one of the areas affected by the storms, which were part of a system that stretched from the Great Lakes down to the Gulf of Mexico, was also hit by a line of killer storms that slammed the Southeast last April.

Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Randy Christian says a 16-year-old girl was killed in Clay, outside Birmingham, and an 82-year-old man died in the community of Oak Grove.

Tornado warnings were in effect for parts of
Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee early Monday.
There were scattered reports of minor structural damage from wind and hail.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received preliminary reports from three counties. At least one injury was reported in Bolivar County.

Bolivar County: Several homes damaged, trees and power lines down and one reported injury.

Coahoma County: Several farm buildings damaged and power lines down.

Quitman County: Several homes damaged, trees and power lines down.

These are initial reports from county emergency managers and no state assistance has been requested at this time. Additional damage assessments are underway.

The National Weather Service will conduct surveys to determine what type of weather caused the damage.

Every Mississippi family should have an emergency plan and disaster kit ready for the next round of severe weather, as well as a NOAA weather radio, to alert them of approaching storms.

To learn more about how to develop an emergency plan and what supplies should go in your disaster kit, please visit MEMA's Website. A link is provided below.


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