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Tornadoes across Mississippi, Alabama injure more than a dozen

A flag waves in front of a church destroyed by a tornado in Yazoo City, Mississippi on April 25, 2010
A flag waves in front of a church destroyed by a tornado in Yazoo City, Mississippi on April 25, 2010. Several powerful tornadoes ripped through the southern US states of Mississippi and Alabama injuring at least 12 people and damaging or destroying hundr

Several powerful tornadoes ripped through the southern US states of Mississippi and Alabama late Sunday, injuring at least 12 people and damaging or destroying hundreds of homes and businesses, authorities said.

Heavily damaged was the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said early Monday.

The city of Hattiesburg in Mississippi's Forrest County bore the brunt of the storms.

County officials reported 10 injuries and numerous power outages.

Two people were critically injured in neighbouring Lamar County, said MEMA officials.

Other regions also reported multiple injuries, most of them light, according to local media.

The tornadoes tore off roofs and downed trees and power lines throughout the affected areas.

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