Injuries, Damage Left by Powerful Storms in Mississippi

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Ground crews examined the damage in tornado-targeted areas of north Mississippi Wednesday. Deadly storms Tuesday left at least 14 people in Mississippi injured, apparently none critically.

A spokeswoman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Lea Stokes, said the state is lucky in that no one was killed.

The hardest hit areas were in Lafayette County north of Oxford and in the Southaven area of DeSoto County just south of Memphis, Tenn.

The storm was part of a system that caused severe damage to the Caterpillar plant in Oxford. Several dozen workers were at the plant when the storm tore off the west end of the building.

Caterpillar employee Lekesia Lee told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that employees heard the tornado warning alarm, and went to the bathroom for safety.

Scattered damage was reported in Alcorn, Warren, Bolivar and Marshall counties. Power outages and downed trees were reported in some areas.

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