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Article published October 17, 2012
Overnight storms swat Southeast
JACKSON, Miss. — A line of severe storms packing strong winds and possible tornadoes swept across the Southeast overnight, injuring seven people in Mississippi, downing power lines and trees, and damaging homes around the region, authorities said this morning. Nearly 900 customers lost electricity in Arkansas, where some buildings were damaged but no injuries were reported. Storms also raked western Tennessee, toppling trees in a mobile home park north of Memphis and forcing some residents out of their homes. No injuries were reported. Mobile homes were also damaged in northern Mississippi’s Union County. In Louisiana, authorities reported trees down in at least two parishes and one home with a damaged roof when part of the front swept through that state. “These were severe storms that produced damaging winds,” said Jeff Rent, a spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. At least six northern counties in Mississippi reported damage, Rent said. He said experts would check for further reports of damage today and would inspect damage locations to determine if any tornadoes had touched down.