Thirty Injured As Tornadoes, Storms Rip Through South
Author: David Beasley
Thunderstorms, high winds and tornadoes ripped through southern states injuring at least 30 people, destroying buildings, toppling trees, flooding highways and forcing schools to close, authorities said on Wednesday.
At least 11 tornadoes touched down in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, said Ron Trumbla, spokesman for the National Weather Service.
In the town of Atlanta, Louisiana, a tornado wiped out a 4,000 square-foot, two story brick house, said Trumbla.
That tornado was classified as a category four, with winds as high as 200 miles per hour, Trumbla said. A category five is the most powerful rating for a tornado.
In Alabama, "there was outrageous wind," Tuesday, said Lauree Ashcom, spokeswoman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.
Some schools were closed Tuesday in advance of the storms, Ashcom said. Power lines and trees were downed, and there was some flooding, she added. No serious injuries were reported.
In Mississippi, one person was hospitalized from injuries in the Tuesday storm, said Nikki Pressley, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
High winds inflicted "significant" damage to buildings in downtown Yazoo City, she said.
In Gwinnett County, a suburb of Atlanta, Ga. a possible tornado damaged 56 homes and one business Tuesday afternoon, police reported. There were no injuries.
(Editing by Matthew Bigg)