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Tornado Damages Several Buildings at U. of Southern Mississippi

A tornado that tore through Hattiesburg, Miss., on Sunday damaged several buildings at the University of Southern Mississippi, but no one on the campus was hurt, the Associated Press reported. A notice on the university’s Web site states that the campus will be closed on Monday and that a state of emergency remains in effect. Students had already been scheduled to be off on Monday and Tuesday for Mardi Gras, and many were away from the campus when the storm hit.

The university statement mentions four buildings that suffered damage but does not describe its extent. Photographs with the AP report show uprooted trees and overturned cars amid the debris in front of several university buildings. Paul Gates, a senior majoring in music at the university, told the Hattiesburg American newspaper that he visited the campus after the storm had passed to see how the music and performing-arts buildings had fared. “There is some pretty serious damage,” he said.

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