HAMILTON - Hamilton was struck by severe weather that pushed through the region Saturday night, according to Monroe County EMA Director Donna Sanderson.

Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley, who lives in Hamilton said there were injuries reported, in addition to damage and downed trees. There are also reports of power outages to parts of town.

Several emergency responders had the intersection of Hamilton Road and Highway 45 blocked as of midnight Sunday.

Update: Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

According to Gurley, there was one fatality, and several people who were injured were transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital - Golden Triangle in Columbus.

Gurley said Roy Ratliff, 95, was found dead at his address at 40302 Center Hill Rd. He died after a tree fell on him.

Gurley said the storm hit Hamilton at 11:08 p.m. Monroe Regional Hospital's Hamilton clinic, The Lofts apartments, several storage units, a mechanic's shop and the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department, all on Hamilton Road, had major damage.

Another shop and the Monroe County Morgue, also located on Hamilton Road, were both completely destroyed.

Several homes throughout the Hamilton area were heavily damaged, especially in the Hamilton Road, Seely Drive, Dobbs Circle and Grubb Springs and Center Hill roads area.

Hamilton was struck by an EF-1 tornado April 24, 2010, with most of the damage alongside Hamilton Road.

Monroe County Road Manager Sonny Clay said Hamilton caught the most damage from the storm, but damage was widespread throughout the county. He said his department has received reports of downed trees north to Pearce Chapel Road near the Alabama state line, and there was more isolated damage between Amory and Nettleton.

Clay said a few roads throughout the county have been washed out.

Several first responders from neighboring counties and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency came throughout the night to assist.

Both Aberdeen and Amory's City Halls will be accepting relief donations. Please check both city's social media accounts for updates.

Update: 1:30 p.m.

A curfew will be in effect from 8 p.m. on Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday for the Hamilton area and other areas impacted by Saturday night's severe storms. Sanderson said residents in these areas will be able to leave to go to work during these hours but will not be able to get back in until the curfew is lifted.

Sanderson also said schools within the Monroe County School District will be closed Monday. Aberdeen and Amory school districts, however, will have classes.

We'll update this story as more information becomes available.

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