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Sunday storms kill two in Mississippi; more bad weather coming

Severe weather that moved through Mississippi on Sunday left two dead in central areas of the state and damaged homes in numerous counties, including a house in Harrison County officials said was destroyed in a fire started by a lightning strike.

No one was injured in the fire.

Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan said firefighters responded to several other reports of lightning strikes to buildings and structures Sunday but no others caused fires or serious damage.

Emergency managers in the three Coast counties said early Sunday evening that no other major damage had been reported here.

During Sunday’s storms, a child was electrocuted in Rankin County flood waters, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said, while a second person died near Durant. MEMA did not have any further information about the death near Durant.

The National Weather Service says thunderstorms and heavy rain could move across South Mississippi again on Wednesday or Thursday.

Hancock County experienced some street flooding as a southeasterly wind pushed high tides ashore, said emergency manager Brian Adam, but no major damage was reported.

Emergency managers Rupert Lacy in Harrison County and Earl Etheridge in Jackson County also said no major damage had been reported.

Gulfport police were rerouting eastbound traffic from U.S. 90 onto Cowan Road on Sunday afternoon to clear sand blown in over the weekend by high winds.

In other parts of Mississippi, damage was far worse. MEMA offered a rundown that included these damage county damage reports:

— Adams: Eight homes with major damage.

— Calhoun: Homes damaged, trees and power lines down.

— Carroll: Homes and businesses damaged, roads closed, trees and power lines down.

— Forrest: Homes damaged from lightning strikes, trees and power lines down, flash flooding.

— Holmes: One death near Durant. Homes damaged, trees and power lines down, Interstate 55 southbound closed briefly for tree debris in road.

— Jefferson Davis: One injury from a lightning strike.

— Lowndes: Major damage to three homes, trees and power lines down.

— Smith: Oil well fire near Taylorsville from lightning strike.

Scott Hawkins, sports and features editor, contributed to this report.

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