MS tornadoes damage homes

More severe weather predicted as residents pick up pieces.

BALTIMORE | March 26, 2009

At least 24 people were injured during an outbreak of tornadoes in Mississippi early Thursday morning. More than 80 homes were also damaged.

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour declared a state of emergency for all counties reporting damage.

Damage was the worst in Simpson County where homes and businesses were damaged, as well as a church, which was completely destroyed according to officials. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and local law enforcement are requiring all volunteers who want to help in Simpson County call ahead of time and see if their services are needed. The tornado that caused the damage was confirmed as an EF 3 tornado. The tornado began five miles southwest of Magee around 1:30 a.m.

Trees and powerlines were reported down in several counties on Thursday. Power outages are being reported in several counties as well. The Mississippi Department of Transportation and power companies are working to repair power.

The area is bracing for the possibility of more storms Thursday night and Friday morning. Heavy rainfall has made flooding a risk in the state as well.

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