Severe Weather Strikes South Mississippi

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Authorities say a powerful storm system, possibly packing a tornado, left at least two people injured and damaged some structures in Lincoln and Jones counties Thursday.

The director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Mike Womack, said it was impossible to say immediately whether a tornado had touched down in Brookhaven or an area near Laurel.

Womack said the weather system was approaching the Gulf Coast and other areas of the state.

Womack said four structures in the Brookhaven area of Lincoln County and one in the Laurel area of Jones County were damaged. Womack didn't have any information about the extent of the injuries in those counties.

Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said a possible tornado touched down around 9 a.m. in the rural part of the county, destroying two mobile homes and damaging two other homes.

Rushing said the person who was injured was in one of the mobile homes. He was identified as Bill Beasley. King's Daughters Medical Center spokeswoman JoAnna Sproles said Beasley was in stable condition, but no other details were provided.

Emergency crews spent much of Thursday clearing downed trees and restoring electricity in Lincoln County.


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