At least 23 people have died during the passage of a tornado and thunderstorms in Mississippi, the southern Mississippi governor said Saturday, leaving a devastating landscape in their wake.
We know that more (people) have been infected. Search and rescue teams are still active.Gov. Tate Reeves said on Twitter.
Mississippi Emergency Services (MSEMA) also noted on Twitter: Unfortunately, these numbers are expected to change. to the top.
sequel after announcement
In Rolling Fork, a town of about 2,000 people in west-central Mississippi, footage Saturday morning showed rows of homes torn from their meager foundations, streets strewn with debris and cars flipped on their roofs.
Trees were uprooted and pieces of metal wrapped around the trunks while the ground was still standing but wobbly for one house. “My city no longer exists”Rolling Fork Mayor Eldridge Walker told CNN. According to the city council member, many victims were located and removed from the rubble of their homes, to be taken to hospitals and treated.
Houses that have been defeated can be replaced, but you cannot replace lives.Edelridge Walker said. Rolling Fork resident Shanta Howard told local station WAPT: “I thought I was dead” After the hurricane hit. “We had to help exhume the bodies.” of homes, she said.
“like a train”
“The losses will be felt in these cities forever.”Gov. Tate Reeves tweeted asking for prayers for the victims and their families. According to the ABC, at least 13 people have died in Sharkey County, along with three in neighboring Carroll County and two more in Monroe County. Separately, a Silver City, Humphreys County police officer reported one death to ABC. “We heard a noise, as if it were a train, for about 45 seconds to a minute; then it was over.”Woodrow Johnson, a local official in Humphrey County, told CNN about the hurricane. Clearly moved, he said, he lost his home.
“We are strong, we will persevere, and we will recover.”Woodrow Johnson added.
MSEMA’s Mallory White told local WJTV that the priority at this point. had to guarantee “Safety of neighborhoods and locating them to verify their safety”. Tornado warnings were issued Friday for several Mississippi counties. As of 2:48 a.m. Saturday (0748 GMT), the National Weather Service (NWS) branch in Jackson, the capital of Mississippi, reported that “The hurricane watch has been lifted in the entire concerned area.”. “New rains and other thunderstorms are expected in our area”he tweeted, pointing out that“They shouldn’t be as strong as expected.”.