Strong Storms Pound Twin States

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Possible tornadoes were reported late Monday night and early Tuesday morning in Newton and Clarke counties in Mississippi. The damage there is being assessed.

There were reports from various parts of the state of damage to homes and timber and scattered power outages as violent storms pushed across the state from the west Monday afternoon and evening. Numerous tornado warnings were issued as the storms advanced with violent thunderstorms, damaging winds and heavy rain.

Fourteen Arkansas National Guardsmen were treated at a Hattiesburg hospital for non-life-threatening injuries after powerful winds damaged their barracks at Camp Shelby. A spokesman said the group is all right and returned to duty at the regular time Tuesday morning.

Lt. Col. Doril Sanders said a cinderblock building that housed members of the 1st/153rd National Guard Unit was damaged about 11:23 p.m. Monday.

The storm system left scattered storm damage and flash flooding in some parts of Alabama, but there are no reports of injuries.

According to a preliminary storm report from the National Weather Service, several homes were damaged in the Eutaw community in Greene County, and rural homes were threatened by flash flooding in rural Lowndes County.

The weather service said several possible tornadoes were reported and National Weather Service teams were sent out today to survey damaged areas in Eutaw and northern Tuscaloosa and southern Walker counties.

Powerful winds are blamed for uprooting trees and damaging roofs in Clarke, Tuscaloosa, Greene and Talladega counties.

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