Death confirmed as tornado hits Mississippi city

Source: MGN
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COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) -- Officials in eastern Mississippi say at least one person has died after a weekend tornado struck the community.

The mayor's office in Columbus, Mississippi, confirmed the death Sunday in a statement on Facebook, citing information from Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant.

The statement said 41-year-old Ashley Glynell Pounds of Tupelo was with three other people in a building that collapsed in the storm Saturday evening. It said Pounds was taken to a hospital and died in surgery. The statement gave no information on the condition of the others in the building.

The tornado smashed into a commercial district in the small Mississippi city, shattering businesses as severe storms raked the South on a weekend of drenching rains and a rising flood threat.