- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 26, 2009

MAGEE, MISS. (AP) - Authorities in Mississippi say a possible tornado has at least one small town, seriously damaging some homes and businesses and injuring residents.

Police in Magee told the Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma that “major damage” occurred early Thursday morning on the north side of the town of about 5,000 people.

There were other scattered reports of downed trees, power lines and damaged homes across southern Mississippi.

Mayor Jimmy Clyde told NBC’s “Today” show that the town was in “dire straits,” with most of the roads blocked and power knocked out.

He said there were injuries reported, but it was not yet clear if anyone was killed.

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