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Mississippi Tornado Confirmed: 8 Injured in Covington County; Girl's Body Discovered

April 8, 2014

An EF2 tornado hit Mississippi's Covington County early Monday morning, causing injuries and damage to homes.

Covington County Emergency Management Director Greg Sanford told News Mississippi that the tornado touched down north of Collins, a rural community of about 2,700 residents, in southern Mississippi, about 2 a.m. local time.

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The National Weather Service survey crew determined the tornado was on the ground for 16 miles.

Sanford said damage and injuries were reported in the communities of Hot Coffee. Overall, eight people were injured in Covington County according to NWS.

The body of a 9-year-old Yazoo City girl, who authorities say was swept away by weekend flash flood waters, was recovered late Monday, authorities said.

Yazoo County Director of Emergency Management Joey Ward said Patrauna Hudson's body was located, retrieved and identified about 7 p.m. The child's mother positively identified her, he said.

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The preliminary cause of death is drowning, he said.

"She did not know how to swim," Ward said earlier. "We're hoping she was trapped or caught by some of the debris and we can find her as soon as we can."

To the southeast, Jackson had one of its rainiest days on record Sunday. With 5.97 inches of rainfall recorded, Sunday was the eighth-rainiest calendar day on record, according to the NWS.

In Warren County, Sheriff Martin Pace said a dam on private property broke Sunday in the Bovina area off Interstate. 20. Pace said the water covered portions of Warriors Trail. He said no homes were in danger.

Southern Pines Electric Company reported that 1,100 customers were without power in Covington, Jasper, Smith, Jefferson Davis and Simpson counties.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report


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