Severe Storms Pummel Central U.S., Southern States

JACKSON, Miss. (January 30, 2013)--A large storm system packing high winds, thunderstorms and the threat of tornadoes continued its sweep Wednesday across several Southern and central U.S. states.

Emergency management officials said the large storm front blacked out thousands in Arkansas and caused scattered power outages in northern Mississippi.

At least one person was reported injured by lightning in Arkansas.

Officials in Tennessee confirmed that a tornado damaged homes and businesses in Mount Juliet, where the path of damage was about 150 yards wide.

Jeff Rent at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency urged residents to be on guard for severe thunderstorms, high winds and possible twisters.

Tennessee and other states also were on guard Wednesday.

Rent says some houses have been damaged and trees and power lines were downed, as the brunt of the storm was felt in four Mississippi counties overnight.

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