Mississippi Twister Kills 23, Destroys Rural Cities in its Path

23 folks have died and dozens have been injured after a twister swept via Mississippi and into Alabama Friday night. Mississippi’s Silver Metropolis and Rolling Fork noticed widespread destruction after the twister moved via the cities at 70 miles per hour late Friday night earlier than reaching the Alabama cities of Winona and Armory hours later.

Rolling Fork’s mayor Eldridge Walker informed CNN Saturday morning that the city had been obliterated.

“My metropolis is gone. However we’re resilient and we’re going to come again sturdy,” Walker stated.

State officers have additionally confirmed 4 people are nonetheless lacking. The Mississippi Emergency Administration Company tweeted Saturday morning at roughly 7am CT that the variety of reported deaths and accidents are more likely to change in coming hours.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) tweeted that he will likely be supporting a federal catastrophe declaration in an effort to safe additional help for affected residents. Past these immediately impacted by the catastrophe, roughly 100,000 are with out energy throughout Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, The New York Instances reported.

Video shows extreme wreckage in Rolling Fork, together with many destroyed constructions and autos within the wake of the twister.