Storms hit southeast

BY SUSAN KIM | Baltimore, MD | March 12, 2001

A line of storms moving across the southeast caused damage in Louisiana and Mississippi Monday before they moved on to target Alabama and Florida.

An unconfirmed tornado touched down in Kentwood, LA, downing power lines large trees, said Kentwood Police Chief James Rimes. "There were trees across the highway and trees fell onto four or five homes."

No homes were destroyed and no injuries were reported, added Rimes.

In southern Mississippi, one man died when a tree fell on his truck. Walthall, Forrest, and Jones counties were hardest hit, and some homes were damaged when hail and high winds swept through those areas, according to Amy Bissell, public information officer for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. None of that damage overlapped with damage suffered from severe storms and tornadoes that raked the state in the last couple of months, she added.

Local emergency management officials were conducting damage assessments Monday as electricity crews tried to bring power back up.

As the cold front responsible for Mississippi's damage pushes eastward, tornadoes could hit Alabama or Florida late Monday, forecasters said.

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