Hail, possible tornado hit central Miss.

March 30, 2011 10:55:00 AM



JACKSON - Authorities say wind damaged more than 40 homes in central Mississippi, hail the size of golf balls and quarters pounded some areas and heavy rains flooded roads and homes. 




There were no immediate reports of injuries. 




Mike Edmonston, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, said officials were trying to determine if it was a tornado that hit Simpson County. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said three homes in Simpson County were destroyed and 40 damaged. Water went into eight Scott County homes. 




Edmonston said golf ball-size hail hit Claiborne, Copiah, Rankin and Simpson counties with smaller hail in other areas. He said golf ball-size hail hit across the state line in Tensas Parish Louisiana and lightning blew out the back window of a police car in Franklin Parish.