updated 12/20/2007 7:58:40 PM ET 2007-12-21T00:58:40

A powerful storm system, possibly packing a tornado, moved across Mississippi on Thursday, injuring at least three people and damaging homes in two counties, authorities said.

Mike Womack, director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, said he could not confirm whether a tornado had touched down Lincoln and Jones counties. Four structures in the Brookhaven area of Lincoln County and one in the Laurel area of Jones County were damaged, Womack said. At least two mobile homes were destroyed and two homes were damaged.

Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said a possible tornado touched down around 9 a.m. in a rural part of the county. Rushing said the person who was injured was in one of the mobile homes. He was identified as Bill Beasley.

King's Daughters Medical Center spokeswoman JoAnna Sproles said Beasley was in stable condition, but no other details were provided.

Tammy Wells, with the emergency operations office in Jones County, said two women were checked at a hospital after the intense storms blew over their mobile home north of Laurel. She said the two were not seriously injured.

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