MEMA: 'Extensive' storm damage in South Mississippi

MEMA: 'Extensive' storm damage in South Mississippi

William Carey University in Hattiesburg received extensive damage to some buildings during Saturday morning's tornado.

At least four people have been killed after a tornado ripped through MS, leaving a trail of destroyed homes in its wake.

Reports from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency indicate extensive damage in Forrest, Lamar and Perry Counties.

A search and rescue operation is underway in the city, Mayor Johnny DuPree said before dawn Saturday.

In addition, a fire department in Hattiesburg was damaged, Moore said.

The four deaths were confirmed by the Forrest County coroners office, WDAM-TV reports. It's the largest city in Forrest County with about 46,000 people.

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"Officials working to ensure students are safe. Damage to dorms, Tatum Court, Thomas Hall", the university said on Twitter. Significant injuries and structural damage was reported.

Multiple gas leaks were also reported in Hattiesburg and Petal after lines ruptured and residents were trapped in a building in downtown Hattiesburg.

The city also said via Twitter that Hattiesburg firefighters and police are going door-to-door to try to rescue victims.

A MEMA news release sent at 5:30 a.m. says the Mississippi Highway Patrol is reporting Interstate 59 north of Hattiesburg is closed due to debris.

The storms were part of a system moving through southern MS and Alabama on Saturday morning.

"At 3:45 a.m. CST, a confirmed tornado was located over West Hattiesburg, moving northeast at 50 miles per hour", read a NWS Severe Weather Statement issued at 3:46 a.m.