Help began pouring into one of the poorest regions of the U.S. after a deadly tornado tore a path of destruction in Mississippi even as furious new storms struck Georgia. At least 25 people were killed and dozens of others were injured in Mississippi as the massive storm ripped through several towns on its hour-long path Friday night. On Sunday, search and recovery crews resumed the daunting task of digging through the debris of flattened and battered homes, commercial buildings and municipal offices after hundreds of people were displaced.
Many residents in one of the Mississippi towns hit hardest by devastating tornadoes have found solace in their church communities Sunday. At least 25 people were killed and dozens more were injured late Friday in Mississippi as the storm ripped through one of the country's poorest regions. In the Mississippi Delta town of Rolling Fork, agriculture and faith shape local life. During church services Sunday, residents leaned on their faith as a source of hope. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden issued an emergency declaration for Mississippi early Sunday. And more than a half-dozen shelters were opened to house displaced residents.
Rescuers raced Saturday to search for survivors and help hundreds of people left homeless after a powerful tornado cut a devastating path through Mississippi, killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens. The tornado flattened entire blocks as it carved a path of destruction for more than an hour. Another person was killed in Alabama. The tornado flattened entire blocks of the small town of Rolling Fork, reducing homes to piles of rubble, flipping cars on their sides and toppling the town's water tower. Residents hunkered down in bath tubs as the tornado struck and later broke into a John Deere store that they converted into a triage center for the wounded.
Residents of rural Mississippi have recounted harrowing tales of survival after a deadly tornado tore through the state Friday night. In the tiny town of Silver City in the western part of the state, homes were ripped right off their foundations and left scattered piles of debris. The small town of Rolling Fork was also flattened about 30 miles away. Residents described seeking refuge in bathtubs and hallways and covering loved ones with their bodies as the twister surged around them. Officials say the tornado killed at least 25 people in Mississippi and one person in Alabama as it surged nearly 170 miles across the Deep South.
With at least 25 people dead in Mississippi, tornadoes that ravaged parts of the Deep South overnight were the deadliest in the state in more than a decade. That is according to National Weather Service records that say 31 people died in Mississippi in April 2011 during tornadoes that tore through several states. Alabama was hit hardest during that so-called “super outbreak” of twisters that killed more than 320 people. A sheriff in Alabama on Saturday reported one storm-related death. Records show that 12 people died in Mississippi during Easter storms in April 2020, and 10 died in the state during a tornado event in April 2014.
Officials raise death toll to 26 in Mississippi, Alabama after tornadoes rip through Deep South.
Mississippi officials say 23 dead, dozens injured, four missing after tornadoes rip through Deep South
Mississippi officials say 23 dead, dozens injured, four missing after tornadoes rip through Deep South.
County coroner tells ABC News that at least 7 people have been killed in Mississippi tornado.
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