At least 23 people died from the violent storms and at least one tornado that hit the state of Mississippi, in the southern United StatesThe authorities reported this on Saturday.
The state’s emergency management agency, MEMA, said at least four people were missing and dozens injured, while thousands of customers in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee were without power.
“At least Last night, 23 Mississippi residents were killed by violent tornadoes. SWe know there are many more injured. Search and rescue teams remain active,” state governor Tate Reeves said on Twitter.
“The loss will be felt forever in these cities. Please pray that the hand of God is on all those who have lost family and friends.” The MEMA fears that the number of deaths will “unfortunately” increase.
Search and rescue operations are underway in Sharkey and Humphreys counties, about 70 miles north of Jackson, the state capital, the agency said on Twitter.
“My City Is Gone”“What we found is devastation all around us,” Sharkey County Mayor Eldridge Walker of Rolling Fork told WJTV.
Woodrow Johnson, a Humphreys County official, told CNN his wife woke him up frightened by the noise. “It was very scary,” Johnson said, adding that his neighbor’s home, a trailer, had “completely disappeared.”
That’s what the National Weather Service warned residents on Saturday “dangers will remain even after the storms pass.”
“As for the official damage numbers, we won’t have them until tomorrow,” said MEMA’s Malary White.
The Jackson National Weather Service reported early Saturday that the tornado watch was over. “Additional rain and thunderstorms are expected in our area,” he tweeted, adding that they are not expected to be “severe.”
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