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A tornado is burling through Mississippi, touching down in the southern part of the state and injuring at least three. The state is under tornado watch until 11 p.m.
CNN reported that the tornado hit southern Mississippi and has caused severe damage to area.
Robert Latham, director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency told CNN, “Right now, the most important thing for us is to make sure that we account for all individuals and make sure that they're safe and secure.”
Thus far, reports of significant damage have come from Hattiesburg, where the University of Southern Mississippi is located. The tornado touched down in the area at 5:30 p.m.
Jim Hennessey, a spokesperson for the Forrest County Emergency Management, told Reuters, “We're still getting damage reports. We haven't been able to verify the location where it touched down, and we have no verified reports of injuries at this time."
Unspecified damage is noted for USM in addition to a local high school.
Two of the three injured individuals have sought medical care; the third opted not to have an emergency examination.
Witnesses have reported overturned cars, flattened trees as well as the destruction of at least one mobile home.
A handful of raw footage has been posted on YouTube like the video below: