Storms rip through Mississippi New Years Eve

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Severe storms knocked down trees and power lines and caused extensive property overnight in central Mississippi.

The National Weather Service in Jackson says the most significant damage appears to be in Attala County, where there were several reports of possible tornadoes. Meteorologist Daniel Lamb says seven to 10 homes were heavily damaged or destroyed early Saturday and two people were injured. No one was killed.

Lamb says emergency crews have had trouble getting into the area because of downed trees and power lines. The storm was part of a system that ripped through the Midwest and South on New Year's Eve, killing six people in Missouri and Arkansas.

Tornado watches were in effect for parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana Saturday morning.

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