A building is severely damaged on US 98 East near Columbia, Miss., after a tornado touched down Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. According to Marion County Emergency Management the tornado touched down around 2:30 p.m. (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Eli Baylis)

Severe storms slam the South, killing at least 4

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared an emergency Tuesday night for Jones and Marion counties where the deaths and injuries occurred. Officials say thousands remain without power Wednesday.