LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — A strong storm system that produced several suspected tornadoes hit the Southeast on Wednesday, damaging dozens of homes and buildings. At least 15 people were injured in Mississippi.
Suspected tornadoes were reported in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Four homes were damaged in western Alabama, about 60 miles southwest of Tuscaloosa. It was the worst bout of weather for that state since about 250 people were killed during a tornado outbreak in April.
In southeastern Mississippi, just one of the 15 people injured had to go to the hospital. Jones County emergency director Don McKinnon said some people were briefly trapped in their homes as trees fell on them and mobile homes were tossed off their foundations.
“There were no fatalities, so it’s a good day,” McKinnon said.
National Weather Service officials said teams were on the scene assessing damage. Tornado warnings and watches were being issued in nearby states as the severe weather moves east.
In southern Louisiana, a suspected tornado hit a neighborhood in Houma, splintering a home. Crews helped clean up storm debris near a school and the Red Cross sent workers to help with damage assessments. No one was injured.