Southern States Clean Up After Fierce Hail Storms

JACKSON, Miss. (March 20, 2013)—Residents of several southern states were still cleaning up Wednesday after powerful winds and massive hail hammered the region earlier in the week.

Mississippi's insurance commissioner says the wind and hail storm that hit the state could produce 35,000 to 50,000 insurance claims.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said those numbers are based on information provided by insurers and include automotive and property damage claims.

A lot of damage is in the Jackson area, where hail as big as baseballs pounded some spots Monday night.

The National Weather Service confirmed one tornado in Georgia and two in Alabama.

Authorities also reported that a man was killed in Polk County, Ga., after a tree fell on his vehicle.

About 69,000 Alabama Power customers and 13,500 Georgia Power customers still remained without power Tuesday night, a day after storms with the force of hurricane winds toppled trees and utility lines.

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