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Louisiana-based Red Cross volunteers head to Mississippi to assist with relief effort

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Monday, February 11, 2013 - 1:36pm

Red Cross volunteers from Louisiana headed to Mississippi early this morning to aid those impacted by a tornado that destroyed over 200 homes.

The tornado ripped through parts of Hattiesburg, MS on Sunday, Feb. 10. Reports indicate that at least 16 people were injured, including at least two who were hospitalized in critical condition.

As of this morning, officials report 4,000 customers are without power, which is down from 14,000 who lost power on Sunday. The tornado caused damage to buildings throughout the city, including the University of Southern Mississippi. Students are being asked to stay away from the campus until further notice.

Louisiana-based Red Cross volunteers deployed from New Orleans at roughly 7:15 a.m. on Monday. Among the supplies are two Emergency Response Vehicles that allow for mobile feeding distribution of relief supplies. They are stocked with water and snacks.

Officials tell us additional volunteers are offering their services but have not yet been deployed. However, resources are currently being pulled in from across the area.

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