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Tornado damage reported in Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties; I-59 north of Hattiesburg closed

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is receiving reports of extensive damage from ongoing severe weather Saturday morning.

Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties are all reporting structural damage. MEMA is coordinating response efforts.

Search and Rescue teams are being deployed to assist Forrest County emergency management in the Hattiesburg area.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is reporting I-59 north of Hattiesburg is closed due to debris.

There are power lines and debris over a large area so the public is asked to avoid travelling.

Severe weather is still moving through the southeastern part of the state.

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated providing resources as needed from counties.