Deadly Torndo Hits Hattiesburg, MS

Hattiesburg Storm Damage

UPDATE at 9:30 AM:  City of Hattiesburg confirms four people were killed by a tornado.  WKRG News 5 has a crew in the way.  Check for updates on and live reports later today.

Hattiesburg, MS — A pre-dawn tornado struck Hattiesburg, MS.  There are several damage reports around the city.  A tornado touched down near William Carey University.  There have been multiple reports of damage but these reports may all be from one tornado.  It hit just around 4AM this morning.  Mayor Johnny DuPree signs an emergency declaration for Hattiesburg.  The tornado strikes causing significant injuries and structural damages.  Here are two reports posted by the National Weather Service.

Report 1
Time: 0950 (Gmt)
Type: Tornado
Location: Hattiesburg (Forrest) Ms 31.29°n, 89.32°w
Source: Emergency Mngr
Remarks: Extensive Damage All Across South Hattiesburg From I-59 Across Hwy 49 And Into Petal. Many Structures Heavily Damaged, A Fire Dept Had A Direct Hit Along With William Cary University Hit As Well. Multiple Injuries Have Been Reported Across The Area.

Report 2
Time: 0955 (Gmt)
Type: Tornado
Location: Petal (Forrest) Ms 31.34°n, 89.25°w
Source: Emergency Mngr
Remarks: Extensive Damage Across Petal And Ne Forrest Co From The Tornado. Multiple Structures Damaged Along With Many Trees And Power Lines.

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