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PETAL, Miss. – Families are mourning four people who died in a tornado that plowed a 25-mile path across southern Mississippi as the living begin to look to recovery.
Two of those killed Saturday were relatives: a grandfather who died in a trailer park and a grandson who died in bed at home. Hundreds of structures were damaged or destroyed in Hattiesburg. The neighboring city of Petal may be even harder hit, proportionally.
William Carey University is looking for a place to hold classes, after the storm damaged most of the buildings on its Hattiesburg campus.
Utilities warn power restoration could be protracted in areas where poles were snapped, even as crews worked into the night. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney estimates insured damage will top $200 million.