Tornado rips through southern Mississippi

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    UNDATED (CNN) -- A tornado touched down in southern Mississippi and within seconds it caused widespread damage. State authorities say at least a dozen injuries have been reported.

    The tornado hit Hattiesburg tearing up trees and buildings as it carved a path through the town. The city is home to the University of Southern Mississippi.

    Several buildings on campus were damaged, but there were no injuries there. Professor Jerry Bass teaches at the university. He says, "Our students get a break Monday and Tuesday at Mardi Gras holiday so the University is pretty empty right now. So that's probably a good thing."

    Bass tells what he experienced when the tornado touched down. He says, "It was just like you hear tornadoes described it was very, loud very quick, the building was shaking and you can tell that the trees were flying by."

    Bass took video of the damage to his home after the tornado. For him it brings up memories of another storm. He says, This is exactly like walking out of the house after Katrina. It's the exact same scene the trees are laying on everything, and you know a lot of projects to build. The garden survived so, I feel alright about that.

    The storm's threat is gone and now the cleanup begins. The Hattiesburg public school district has cancelled school on Monday because of storm damage.

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