Thousands without power after storms rake South

Golfball sized hail litter the ground by Andrew Stamps and his wife Valorie as they prepare to cover their shattered rear window of her 2009 Toyota Avalon in Pearl, Miss., Monday, March 18, 2013, following a hailstorm that hit communities throughout central Mississippi. ((AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis))
March 19, 2013 6:28:04 AM PDT
Tens of thousands of people are still without power after powerful winds and massive hail hammered the South.

In Mississippi, hail busted car windows and pelted homes and businesses after the storms passed through Monday. Some hail was as large as baseballs in some areas in and around the capital of Jackson.

In Alabama, utility officials say straight-line winds gusting as high as 80 mph toppled trees and power lines. One person had to be rescued from a house in Rainbow City after a tree fell on it. More than a dozen people in that state were sent to hospitals.

Alabama Power says some 98,200 people were still without power around 6 a.m. Tuesday. The utility says it sent out crews early this morning and is bringing in reinforcements from other states.


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