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Four Injured as Storm Crosses Southeast

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A severe storm front packing gusting winds left four people injured as it punched across a wide swath of the Southeast, downing power lines, toppling trees and damaging at least one mobile home in Mississippi, authorities said Thursday.
There were also preliminary reports of minor damage in Arkansas and the storm also raked across Tennessee on its eastward trek during the night and early hours Thursday. Some utility poles in Mississippi snapped from the force of the winds and a tree fell on at least one home, local dispatchers and an official with the state's civil emergency agency told The Associated Press.
A worker at Mississippi's Sharkey Issaquena Community Hospital in Rolling Fork said four people had been taken in stable condition there with injuries and two were sent on to the University Medical Center  in the state capital of Jackson. The employee declined further comment when asked about the extent of the injuries.
A University Medical Center spokeswoman later said the two injured sent there were in good condition.
Jeff Rent, a spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, said at least six northern counties in his state initially reported damage. He said experts would check for further reports of damage Thursday and also seek to determine whether reports of some possible tornadoes embedded in the vast front could be confirmed.


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