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Severe storms cause damage in Mississippi

Mississippi was drenched on Thursday with damaging winds and flooding throughout the state. Wind damage has been reported in seven counties in Mississippi with the National Weather Service confirming an EF-0 tornado which caused damage just west of Bentonia. Around a dozen trees had large limbs broken off, snapped with a few smaller trees uprooted. Some tin covering from a roof was peeled off and blown across a few yards.

Mississippi officials blocked off numerous roads, including some major highways while a flash flood emergency was declared in portions of South Mississippi where forecasters were saying the water was life-threatening and urged people to leave low-lying areas and avoid non-emergency travel.

A release from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said more than 10 inches of rain fell in portions of south Mississippi causing extreme flash flooding with two injuries reported in Jones County. The public is encouraged to report damage to their homes or businesses to their county emergency management office.

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