Staff and wire reports

McNEILL, Miss. -- Authorities say more than 25 people were injured in Mississippi during the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day.

Mississippi Emergency Management spokesman Brett Carr says no fatalities have been reported in Mississippi, but dozens of structures were damaged. He says damage has been reported in 10 counties and officials continue to assess the situation.

Carr says more than 70 homes were effected, but that number could rise. He didn't know yet how many of those homes were completely destroyed and how many had lesser damages.

Carr says damages have been reported in Amite, Forrest, George, Greene, Hinds, Jones, Lawrence, Pearl River, Stone and Wilkinson counties.

In Pearl River County, initial damage assessments show 34 homes affected, with 17 homes destroyed and 17 homes with minor damage, although the assessments are not finalized. The number of damaged homes is expected to increase.

A Cold Weather Shelter will open Wednesday for tornado victims inPearl River County, including those victims whose homes are intact but remain without power. The shelter at the Southern Baptist Association located in McNeill at 1376 McNeill-Steephollow Road opens at 2 p.m. Residents are asked to bring linens, sleeping bags or blankets with if they are able.

The winter storm system headed for the Northeast on Wednesday, spreading blizzard conditions that slowed holiday travel.

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