JACKSON, Miss. – Severe thunderstorms Monday raked across a wide area of the South, packing strong winds, rain and some baseball-size hail.
In Mississippi, authorities reported two people were hit on the head by large hail as the enormous storm front crossed the region. Fire official Tim Shanks said baseball-size hail smashed windows in several vehicles in Clinton, where the two people were hit. He had no immediate word on their condition.
National Weather Service meteorologist Anna Weber said there were reports of hail the size of softballs in some areas around Jackson.
Emergency officials said there were reports of downed trees or other damage in 14 Mississippi counties.
Roads throughout the Jackson area were littered with broken limbs and pine needles, from the hail driving through trees. Cars could be seen driving along the interstate with broken windows and cracked windshields.
Meteorologists issued tornado warnings for parts of northwest Georgia and severe thunderstorm warnings around the state.
Georgia Power officials said 73,000 customers were without power Monday night, and of that number, 31,000 were in northwest Georgia.