A possible tornado touched down late Monday in southern Mississippi, slashing through a National Guard barracks and injuring 14 guardsmen, according to a sheriff and a military spokesman. Lt. Col. Doril Sanders, a spokesman for Camp Shelby, said severe weather hit the facility around 11:25 p.m. CT.
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The barracks housed guardsmen from Mena, Arkansas, who are training at Shelby. They were taken to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg with injuries that aren't life-threatening, Sanders said. The Forrest County Sheriff's Department said a tornado was reported, with the most significant damage at the camp.
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Camp Shelby is a Joint Forces Training Center about 75 miles northwest of Mobile, Alabama. The National Weather Service received two reports of tornadoes Monday in Mississippi, and numerous reports of hail and damage from high winds in a swath from eastern Texas to Alabama, according to the weather service's Web site. The service issued a tornado watch Tuesday morning for parts of Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and Tennessee.