A winter tornado killed people and produced damages in Mississipi, bad weather is announced

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In the town of Sumrall, west of Hattiesburg, a tornado hit a day care off Highway 42. In Columbia, 27 miles southwest of Sumrall, the tornado damage appeared to be centered off Highway 98. Cars and structures were destroyed or damaged. At Marion General Hospital fifty patients had injuries related to the storm. About 6,300 households were without power. according to official sources. People trapped and injured were reported in Marion County. Highway 13 was also closed. Due to the evere situations, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant issued a state of emergency for Marion and Jones counties. The National Weather Service extended its tornado watch to include Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. They warned that 2 to 4 inches of precipitation are expected, with 6 to 8 inches possible. Flight delays are possible in Minneapolis; St. Louis; and Omaha, Nebraska.

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