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Mississippi communities regroup after storms kill 4, injure 50

Mississippi communities regroup after storms kill 4, injure 50

COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) — Elizabeth Bordelon planned to go Christmas shopping until nasty weather blowing through southeastern Mississippi convinced her to hold off.

By the time she returned Tuesday to her Columbia trailer park she had called home for only a short time, a neighbor's mobile home had flipped onto her grandmother's, trapping her and Bordelon's aunt. She said her grandmother, 73-year-old Maryjean Sartin, was killed. She was one of four killed in Columbia and Laurel by likely tornadoes that tore through the communities.

"I had left the house to go pick up a friend to go to Hattiesburg and do some Christmas shopping," said Bordelon, whose sons are 6 and 4. "But the weather turned so bad that we decided to wait. By the time I got home, I'd rounded the corner and then saw all the damage."

Bordelon, 26, said the wind from the storm apparently blew under the neighbor's trailer and flipped it. Bordelon said her aunt was hospitalized.

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