According to the university, multiple buildings -- including the dorms, Tatum Court, and Thomas Hall -- received heavy damage. Power lines are also reported to be down at the school's Hwy. 49 entrance.
William Carey University was also hit hard by the overnight tornado. Dorms as well as classrooms have been destroyed. Students are now safe. pic.twitter.com/lGJZIvdxcc
Mia Overton, William Carey's public relations coordinator, says the safety of the students is the number one priority at this time.
"There are some minor injuries," Overton told our sister station WDAM. "Officials are working to ensure students are safe and accounted for. There is damage to most buildings on campus including cars and a home across campus is damaged."
Officials say all of William Carey's dorm rooms and the apartments on Tuscan Avenue have been checked and cleared.
The Hattiesburg campus will remain closed until further notice but campus officials say the Tradition campus is still open and will operate on its regular schedule.
WLOX News Now has reporters on the ground in Hattiesburg today and will have more in-depth coverage in our evening shows at 6 and 10 p.m.