Tornado tears through Mississippi college town

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A tornado touched down in southern Mississippi and within seconds, it caused widespread damage.

State authorities said 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 said, "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 took video of the damage to his home after the tornado.

"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,” he said.

For him it brings up memories of another storm.

“This is exactly like walking out of the house after Katrina,” he said. “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.

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