Twister tears through Hattiesburg, Miss.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — An apparent tornado passed through the heart of Hattiesburg on Sunday as a wave of severe storms caused injuries and significant damage.
Forrest County Fire Coordinator Chip Brown said there is major damage in Hattiesburg and to the northeast in Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. He couldn't confirm injuries.
The storm passed along one of the city's main streets.
“We had a tornado touch down. We have a lot of damage,” said Kyle Hopkins, operations director for Forrest County emergency operations.
The university released a statement saying that several buildings had been damaged but that no injuries were reported. Campus police declared a state of emergency and asked anyone not on campus to stay away.
Pictures posted on Facebook by WDAM in Hattiesburg showed rows of trees flattened in the Oak Grove area and damage to commercial buildings.
Marion County emergency director Aaron Greer says three injuries — at least one minor — have been reported in Pickwick, near Columbia. He says two people were taken to a hospital.
The National Weather Service says bad weather is likely to stretch into Fat Tuesday in southeast Louisiana. Jefferson Parish has canceled a Monday night parade.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- In 2005, Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex
- Texas wants its gold back in the state’s borders
- Chicago father won’t cooperate with police in shooting death of boy, 7
- Maryland mother charged with leaving baby on roadside
- Obama vows to stick with current strategy against Islamic State
- Markets ‘shrug off’ Greece debt saga
- Chesapeake Bay pollution plan approved
- Infantry veteran gets nod to lead Marines as top general
- Disguise aids $75K robbery of Oklahoma Wal-Mart store
- Idaho wildfire destroys homes, prompts hundreds to evacuate
- Senante begins new debate on federal role for schools