Hattiesburg, MS -- A tornado struck the Hattiesburg, Miss., area causing major damage and injuring at least three people, emergency officials said Sunday.He said witnesses and videos made at the scene confirmed a tornado touched down and moved through at least two counties.
Jeff Rent, director of external affairs with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, said there were no immediate reports of deaths and only a few injuries despite widespread visible damage, though officials were concerned that could change as rescue operations were underway.
"We're still in response mode,'' Rent said. "Search and rescue operations are going on, going door-to-door in damaged areas.
"It happened close to dusk, so it's dark now. They're trying to make sure people are accounted for, they're safe and everybody who needs assistance has it.''
Hattiesburg Public Schools will be closed Monday. School officials said the structure that houses buses was damaged in the storm.
Two people are seen consoling one another in a shattered door way along Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss. Ryan Moore, AP