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Associated Press - March 26, 2009 9:24 AM ET

MAGEE, Miss. (AP) - A tornado destroyed dozens of homes and businesses in a small Mississippi community of Magee early today, injuring several people and flattening a church. There are no immediate reports of fatalities.

A heavy mantle of fog is hampering rescuers as they tried to determine the extent of the damage and reach any survivors after the tornado rampaged through a residential area.

Downed power lines and scraps of metal and downed tree limbs littered roads and highways leading into Magee.

Other reports of downed trees, power lines and damaged homes came in across the Deep South, caused by a band of heavy thunderstorms and high winds. In Louisiana, storms knocked out electricity to about 40,000 customers.

The exact number of injuries in Mississippi isn't yet known, but two people had been flown by helicopter to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

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