Pictures capture the destruction in tornado ravaged Columbia

Pictures capture the destruction in tornado ravaged Columbia

MARION COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Pictures of devastation litter Marion County. The small South Mississippi community got blasted by what appears to be a powerful tornado. The wicked winds tore through homes, tossing debris across fields.

The Tuesday storm reportedly killed two people in Marion County. Two others died in Jones County.

Power companies were struggling to restore electricity to thousands of people in Mississippi, a day after a powerful storm swept through the southern U.S. and killed at least four people.

Police in Columbia were stationed at all major intersections because traffic lights were swept away or destroyed amid Tuesday's powerful storms.

Severe weather also injured 50 people and damaged or destroyed an unknown number of homes and businesses.

WLOX News reporter Steve Phillips is in Columbia and took the pictures attached to this story. You'll hear from Steve on Midday at 11:00, and throughout the day on

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