15 hurt in Miss. as storm system hits Southeast

November 16, 2011 - 1:55 PM

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — A strong storm system hitting the Southeast has damaged dozens of homes and buildings and at least 15 people have been injured in Mississippi.

A suspected tornado damaged at least four homes in western Alabama, about 60 miles southwest of Tuscaloosa. It's the worst bout of weather the state has seen since about 250 people were killed during a tornado outbreak in April.

In southeastern Mississippi, just one of the 15 people injured had to go to the hospital. But Jones County emergency director Don McKinnon says some people were briefly trapped in their homes as trees fell on them and mobile homes were tossed off their foundations.

About 50 homes and buildings have been damaged across Mississippi and Alabama. Tornado warnings and watches are being issued in nearby states.