Severe Storms Pummel A Wide Area Of The South

JACKSON, Miss. (March 18, 2013)--Severe thunderstorms raked across a wide area of the South Monday, packing strong winds, driving rain and some baseball-size hail.

In Mississippi, authorities reported two people were hit on the head by large hail as the storm front rumbled across the region Monday.

Fire official Tim Shanks said baseball-sized hail smashed out the windows of several vehicles in Clinton, Miss., where the two people were hit.

He had no immediate word on their conditions.

Hail also was reported around Jackson, Miss., and emergency officials in the state say there were reports of damaged homes in at least five Mississippi counties.

Meteorologists issued tornado warnings for parts of northwest Georgia and severe thunderstorm warnings around the state.

Elsewhere, Alabama Power officials say nearly 190,000 customers were left without power by storms.

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