Thunderstorms hammer Pine Belt

Severe thunderstorms rumbled through parts of south Mississippi Tuesday afternoon, knocking over trees and power lines, but no injuries have been reported.

A Hattiesburg apartment complex, Point O' Woods, was hit by lightning but heavy rains put out any possibility of a fire.

Jones County emergency management says a strong line of thunderstorms with winds in excess of 60 miles an hour roared through parts of Moselle, Ovett, Union, and Johnson communities, uprooting several trees and knocking over power lines.  Volunteer firemen were busy trying to remove some of the wires and trees from roadways.

Trees and power lines were down in Forrest County, the city of Hattiesburg, and Petal.

Lightning struck a tree near the Scottish Inn in Hattiesburg, knocking out power to the motel.

Jones County seemed to take the brunt of the storm, with a house damaged when a tree fell on it on Highway 29 south of Ellisville. Trees also blocked a portion of I-59 for a while between mile markers 78 and 80.

Numerous trees were reported down in southern Covington County.

Perry County reported trees down between Beaumont and Richton on Highway 15, and trees down at New Augusta, including one on a house.