Saturday March 24, the Mississippi was crossed by a tornado and thunderstorms which killed at least 23 people according to Tate Reeves, the governor of this state in the South of the United States. “We know that many more (people) are injured. Search and rescue teams are still active,” he added on Twitter.
According to the Mississippi State Emergency Services (MSEMA) speaking on the same social network, “unfortunately, these numbers are expected to change” upwards. “The state has deployed relief assets in Sharkey and Humphreys counties,” about 110 miles north of capital Jackson, MSEMA’s Malary White told ABC.
“We have activated the medical support system – increasing the number of ambulances and other emergency devices to help those affected,” Tate Reeves tweeted.
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Television footage showed flattened houses and lots of debris strewn across roads as emergency services tried to reach people in need of help. “My city no longer exists,” lamented on CNN the mayor of Rolling Fork, a city of some 2,000 inhabitants in west-central Mississippi, particularly affected by the passage of the tornado.
The extent of the damage is not yet known.
According to ABC, at least 13 people died in Sharkey County, along with three in neighboring Carroll County and two others in Monroe County. Separately, a traffic cop in Silver City, Humphreys County, reported one person dead to ABC.
“In terms of the extent of the damage, we won’t have that until daybreak,” Malary White said. “Our priority at this point, especially for the emergency services, is to keep lives safe and to locate people to verify that they are safe,” she explained on local channel WJTV. , affiliated with CBS News.
Tornado warnings had been issued on Friday March 24 in several counties in this state but on Saturday at 2:48 a.m. (0748 GMT), the branch of the National Weather Service (NWS) in Jackson had indicated that “the watch for tornadoes was lifted throughout the area concerned. “New showers and other thunderstorms are expected in our area”, he had tweeted, stressing that “they should not be strong according to the forecast”.
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