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      Multiple Tornadoes Rip Through Mississippi, Alabama

      Several powerful tornadoes ripped through Mississippi and Alabama late Sunday, injuring at least 12 people.
      By Rachel Hirshfeld
      First Publish: 2/12/2013, 12:45 AM

      A tornado is pictured near Hattiesburg, Mississippi
      A tornado is pictured near Hattiesburg, Mississippi
      Reuters

      Several powerful tornadoes ripped through Mississippi and Alabama late Sunday, injuring at least 12 people and damaging hundreds of homes and businesses.

      Heavy damage was caused to the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said early Monday.

      The city of Hattiesburg in Mississippi's Forrest County bore the brunt of the storms, with country officials reporting 10 injuries and numerous power outages.

      Two people were also critically injured in neighboring Lamar County, said MEMA officials.

      Other regions also reported multiple injuries, most of them light, according to local media.

      The weather service counted three separate twisters in south-central Mississippi on Sunday evening, said Anna Weber, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

      The tornadoes tore off roofs and downed trees and power lines throughout the affected areas.

      Meanwhile, blizzard conditions swept through the Northeast on Saturday, leaving at least nine death, dumping more than 2 feet of snow on New England, and leaving over 650,000 homes and businesses without power.

      The storm came a little over three months after Hurricane Sandy devastated New York and New Jersey, killing 132 people and causing damage worth some $71.4 billion