Five hurt as storms rip through Mississippi, Louisiana

YAZOO CITY, MS (AP/WLOX) - Severe storms have ripped through central Mississippi, leaving 15 people hurt and homes and businesses badly damaged.

Buildings have been heavily damaged in downtown Yazoo City, bringing further misery to an area already decimated by a line of tornadoes that killed 12 people in April.

Tornado watches have been posted across southern Louisiana, much of Mississippi and Alabama and into Tennessee as the storms moved east Tuesday.

A tornado destroyed one home and damaged three others in central Louisiana. About 1,300 people in New Orleans' central business district lost power, but it has since been restored. Winds gusting to near hurricane-force in Alabama knocked down trees and caused some schools to cancel or delay classes.

Below is a list of Mississippi counties where storm damage was reported to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

Attala: Several mobile homes damaged, six people injured. Power outages reported and roads are currently being cleared of debris.

Leake: Three structures damaged. Power outage reported in Thomastown area.

Monroe: Several homes damaged and eleven reported injuries. Radio communications tower damaged, MEMA has sent a mobile communications unit to assist.

Oktibbeha: Reported damage to homes and injuries in the Starkville area. Trees and power lines down throughout the county.

Warren: Reports of sporadic power outages and trees down.

Yazoo: Structural damage to several buildings in the downtown Yazoo City area. Approximately 30 percent of the area still without power. No injuries are being reported at this time. MEMA has sent a mobile command center to assist with county operations.

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