The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 11, 2013

MEMA: 1 death reported from tornado in Kemper Co.

By Holbrook Mohr
Associated Press

ATHENS —

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say there has been one reported fatality and several injuries from a tornado that hit east Mississippi.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn says the fatality was reported west-northwest of DeKalb, near Mississippi Highway 493, in Kemper County.

Tabatha Lott, a dispatcher in Noxubee County, said there were "numerous reports of injuries" in the town of Shuqualak and ambulances were responding.

Flynn says the tornado hit Kemper and Noxubee counties before pushing into Alabama.

He says there are reports of damaged buildings and many power outages in the area.

Flynn says he doesn't know the exact number of people who were hurt or the extent of their injuries.

Flynn says authorities are watching another possible tornado that may pass north of Hattiesburg.