- Associated Press - Monday, April 28, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Authorities in Mississippi say at least one person died and dozens of people were injured in Monday’s tornado outbreak.

Lee County Coroner Carolyn Gillentine Green said a woman died in a traffic accident during the storm in Verona, south of Tupelo. Green said the vehicle may have been blown off of Palmetto Road or hydroplaned.

The victim was not immediately identified.

University of Mississippi Medical Center spokesman Jack Mazurak said at least 45 people were injured in Winston County. The medical center is a communications hub for emergencies set up after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.

Evacuations were underway at the Winton Medical Center, which was heavily damaged. No deaths were reported there, but at least six patients were being taken to hospitals in Columbus, Mazurak said.

Deborah Pugh, spokeswoman for the Northeast Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, said the hospital received 24 patients. She was 20 had minor injuries and were expected to be treated and released. She four others were undergoing further evaluation.

Gov. Phil Bryant earlier in the day declared a state of emergency in advance of the expected bad weather.