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Tornado causes significant damage in Hattiesburg, Miss.

  • This photo provided by Jordan Holliman shows a tornado moving through Hattiesburg, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Emergency officials say an apparent tornado has caused significant damage in Hattiesburg, Miss., after passing along a main road. Major damage was reported in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. (AP Photo/Jordan Holliman)

    This photo provided by Jordan Holliman shows a tornado moving through Hattiesburg, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Emergency officials say an apparent tornado has caused significant damage in Hattiesburg, Miss., after passing along a main road. Major damage was reported in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. (AP Photo/Jordan Holliman)

  • Extensive damage at the University of Southern Mississippi on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)

    Extensive damage at the University of Southern Mississippi on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)

  • Emergency personnel stage near the University of Southern Mississippi along Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city. Major damage was reported in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)

    Emergency personnel stage near the University of Southern Mississippi along Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city. Major damage was reported in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)

  • An overturned car lies in front of the University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg, Miss., after a possible tornado Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Cook)

    An overturned car lies in front of the University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg, Miss., after a possible tornado Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Cook)

  • Two people are seen consoling one another in a shattered door way along Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10, 2013. Major damage was reported in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)

    Two people are seen consoling one another in a shattered door way along Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10, 2013. Major damage was reported in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)

  • A heavily damaged vehicle sits near the front of the University of Southern Mississippi on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)

    A heavily damaged vehicle sits near the front of the University of Southern Mississippi on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)

  • A heavily damaged vehicle sits near the front of the University of Southern Mississippi on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)

    A heavily damaged vehicle sits near the front of the University of Southern Mississippi on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)

  • A house is damaged in Hattiesburg Miss. after a tornado passed through the city Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)

    A house is damaged in Hattiesburg Miss. after a tornado passed through the city Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)

  • A trampoline rests on top of a damaged American Red Cross disaster relief truck outside of the Hattiesburg American Red Cross center which was completely destroyed by an apparent tornado that moved through Hattiesburg, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Bryant Hawkins)

    A trampoline rests on top of a damaged American Red Cross disaster relief truck outside of the Hattiesburg American Red Cross center which was completely destroyed by an apparent tornado that moved through Hattiesburg, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Bryant Hawkins)

  • Hattiesburg Police officers talk to onlookers at a damaged gas station in Hattiesburg, Miss. after an apparent tornado that moved through area on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Bryant Hawkins)

    Hattiesburg Police officers talk to onlookers at a damaged gas station in Hattiesburg, Miss. after an apparent tornado that moved through area on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Bryant Hawkins)

  • A women observes the damage to a closed and unoccupied dormitory on the University of Southern Mississippi campus caused by an apparent tornado in Hattiesburg, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/The Student Printz, Jana Edwards)

    A women observes the damage to a closed and unoccupied dormitory on the University of Southern Mississippi campus caused by an apparent tornado in Hattiesburg, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/The Student Printz, Jana Edwards)

  • A business at 5133 Lincoln Road Extension in Hattiesburg, Miss., is damaged after an apparent tornado Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Major damage was reported in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. (AP Photo/Chuck Cook)

    A business at 5133 Lincoln Road Extension in Hattiesburg, Miss., is damaged after an apparent tornado Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Major damage was reported in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. (AP Photo/Chuck Cook)

  • Hardy Street in front of the University of Southern Mississippi campus is obstructed by debris blown by an apparent tornado in Hattiesburg, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/The Student Printz, Jana Edwards)

    Hardy Street in front of the University of Southern Mississippi campus is obstructed by debris blown by an apparent tornado in Hattiesburg, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/The Student Printz, Jana Edwards)

  • This photo provided by Jordan Holliman shows a tornado moving through Hattiesburg, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Emergency officials say an apparent tornado has caused significant damage in Hattiesburg, Miss., after passing along a main road. Major damage was reported in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. (AP Photo/Jordan Holliman)
  • Extensive damage at the University of Southern Mississippi on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)
  • Emergency personnel stage near the University of Southern Mississippi along Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city. Major damage was reported in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)
  • An overturned car lies in front of the University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg, Miss., after a possible tornado Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Cook)
  • Two people are seen consoling one another in a shattered door way along Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10, 2013. Major damage was reported in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)
  • A heavily damaged vehicle sits near the front of the University of Southern Mississippi on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)
  • A heavily damaged vehicle sits near the front of the University of Southern Mississippi on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)
  • A house is damaged in Hattiesburg Miss. after a tornado passed through the city Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)
  • A trampoline rests on top of a damaged American Red Cross disaster relief truck outside of the Hattiesburg American Red Cross center which was completely destroyed by an apparent tornado that moved through Hattiesburg, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Bryant Hawkins)
  • Hattiesburg Police officers talk to onlookers at a damaged gas station in Hattiesburg, Miss. after an apparent tornado that moved through area on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Bryant Hawkins)
  • A women observes the damage to a closed and unoccupied dormitory on the University of Southern Mississippi campus caused by an apparent tornado in Hattiesburg, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/The Student Printz, Jana Edwards)
  • A business at 5133 Lincoln Road Extension in Hattiesburg, Miss., is damaged after an apparent tornado Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Major damage was reported in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. (AP Photo/Chuck Cook)
  • Hardy Street in front of the University of Southern Mississippi campus is obstructed by debris blown by an apparent tornado in Hattiesburg, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/The Student Printz, Jana Edwards)

A tornado tore through Hattiesburg, Miss., yesterday as part of a wave of severe storms that downed trees, damaged buildings and injured at least three people.

The twister traveled down one of Hattiesburg’s main streets and mangled homes, commercial buildings and several structures on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. The state emergency management agency said it was only aware of three injuries in the state, all in a county to the west of Hattiesburg.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said it appears that a single tornado caused the damage in three counties.

On the campus of the university, trees were snapped in half around the heavily damaged Alumni House where part of the roof was ripped away. Windows in a nearby building were blown out, and heavy equipment worked to clear streets nearby in a heavy rain after the worst of the weather had passed.

The university released a statement saying no one was hurt but that it was under a state of emergency, and anyone away from campus should stay away until further notice.

East of campus, 47-year-old Cindy Bullock was at home with her husband and dog, a terrier mix named Vinnie, when she heard the tornado coming. They ran to a hallway and covered their heads. It wasn’t long before the windows in the kitchen and bedroom exploded. The storm stripped all the shingles off the roof and left holes in it, while knocking over a large pine tree in the yard.

After dark, the Bullocks were trying to arrange their belongings inside so they wouldn’t get wet from the dripping water.

“I just looked out the window and I heard the rumbling. It sounded like a train. We ran to the hall, and the kitchen windows and the windows in the bedroom exploded. It happened pretty fast,” she said.

There were large trees blocking the road all through her neighborhood, and several of the houses were hit by falling trees. Her friend was staying with them after the friend’s apartment took a direct hit from a falling tree.

To the west, Marion County emergency director Aaron Greer said three injuries have been reported in the community of Pickwick, about seven miles south of Columbia. He said two people were taken to hospitals, but the third didn’t have the injury examined.

Greer said one mobile home was destroyed, three other structures have major damage and several have minor damage.

Gov. Phil Bryant plans to go to Hattiesburg today to check out damage in the city and at USM, his alma mater, spokesman Mick Bullock said.

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