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Bryant: Timing, sirens saved lives in Miss. storm

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Posted: Feb 11, 2013 12:14 PM
Updated: Feb 11, 2013 12:29 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: mississippi tornado, sirens, warning, university of southern mississippi, storm damage, phil bryant, governor

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Gov. Phil Bryant said more than 60 people in Mississippi were hurt in storms this weekend, but no one was killed due to ample tornado warnings.

Bryant said Monday that sirens in Hattiesburg gave people as much as 30 minutes of warning that a twister was coming.

The storm also hit the University of Southern Mississippi, which had fewer students on campus because it was on Mardi Gras holiday. Businesses were also closed or nearly empty because the storm happened on a Sunday.

Bryant said about 200 homes and mobile homes were damaged or destroyed in the storms.

Click here to see a gallery of the storm's damage in Hattiesburg.

IMAGE: Gov. Phil Bryant, Facebook

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