At least 23 people were killed and dozens injured as a tornado and strong thunderstorms swept across Mississippi on Friday, destroying buildings and knocking out power as severe weather that produced hail the size of golf balls moved through several southern states.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency confirmed there had been 23 deaths with dozens of injuries and four people missing throughout the state. The agency said in a Twitter post that search and rescue teams from numerous local and state agencies were deployed along with personnel to assist those affected by the tornadoes.
“Unfortunately, these numbers are expected to change,” it said, referring to the death toll.
The rural towns of Silver City and Rolling Fork reported destruction as the tornado swept north-east at 70mph (113km/h) without weakening, racing towards Alabama.
“The loss will be felt in these towns forever. Please pray for God’s hand to be over all who lost family and friends”, Mississippi’s governor, Tate Reeves, tweeted.
The Sharkey county sheriff’s office in Rolling Fork reported gas leaks and people trapped in piles of rubble, according to the Vicksburg News. Some law enforcement units were unaccounted for in Sharkey, according to the newspaper.
Storm chaser Reed Timmer posted on Twitter that Rolling Fork was in immediate need of emergency personnel and that he was heading with injured residents of the town to a Vicksburg hospital.
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