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Forecast: Miss. in for days of nasty weather


The Associated Press



NEW ORLEANS -- Foul weather probably won't leave Louisiana and Mississippi until Wednesday, the National Weather Service said Sunday. 


Forecasters said thunderstorms could bring damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes across both states, though the greatest danger was in north Louisiana and north Mississippi. 


Doppler radar indicated possible tornadoes Sunday evening at five spots within 42 miles and two hours in north Mississippi, according to meteorologists in the weather service's office in Memphis, Tenn. They appeared to originate in two storm cells, said meteorologist John Sirman. 


As the storm cells weakened Sunday night, it appeared that none of the possible twisters had touched ground. Although one possible touchdown was reported, near the Panola-Quitman county line, officials in both counties said Sunday night that it seemed to have been just a close call. 


"We don't have any damage in Panola County right now that would confirm it. ... Several funnel clouds came over, and the tail would come down and go back up," Emergency Management Director Daniel Cole said. He said there was one wreck on Highway 6 not far from the Quitman County line, but nobody was seriously hurt.




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