Some injuries, damage reported in Mississippi storms

Associated Press

DEKALB – At least nine people were reportedly injured in Kemper County early Friday as a fast-moving storm system plowed its way across the state, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said.

There were no reports of fatalities during the violent storms that began late Thursday and left scattered damage in Harrison, Neshoba, Simpson and Stone counties, authorities said.

Ben Dudley, Kemper County's emergency management director, said it appeared one or two people may have had serious injuries. He said at least some of them were taken to hospitals in Meridian.

No additional information was available on the injured, he said.

Dudley said damage had occurred in a small area off Mississippi 39 several miles south of DeKalb _ known as the Blackwater community _ and in the Damascus community in the southwest portion of the county. It appeared most of the injuries occurred in the Blackwater community.

He said Mississippi 39 was blocked for a time by fallen trees but “this was pretty much confined to this one area. It did wreak havoc in that area, however.”

Dudley said he planned to inspect damage in the other community.

Chris Brennaman of Meridian television station WTOK, contacted by cell phone in the Blackwater community, said several mobile homes had been moved off their foundation. He said one mobile home had landed on its roof and had blocked a road.

Brennaman said some other homes showed damage and he had seen cars stacked against trees.

He said one family told him they did not hear the storm approaching until it was right on top of their home.

“They said they immediately looked out a window that faces the back yard and saw that a tailor had ended up back in the woods. They said one person was inside but walked away without a scratch,” Brennaman said.