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Tornadoes hit than 250 buildings across Mississippi

Early assessments show Saturday’s tornado outbreak damaged more than 250 homes, businesses and public buildings across Mississippi.

The National Weather Service has counted at least 10 tornadoes in Mississippi on Saturday, ranging from Escatawpa on the Gulf Coast as far north as Greenwood Springs in Monroe County.

The worst damage is around Hamilton in Monroe County, where one man died. Emergency managers say 130 homes, 14 apartments, two businesses and three public buildings are damaged or destroyed there.

Gov. Phil Bryant visited Hamilton on Monday. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency set up a mobile command center there providing workspace and augmenting communications while cell and radio towers are repaired.

In Warren County, including Vicksburg, preliminary assessments show 50 homes, 15 businesses and three public buildings were damaged or destroyed.

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