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At least 23 Fatalities After Tornadoes Touch Down in Mississippi; One Town «Gone,» Resident States.

25 March 2023, Saturday

At least 23 people were fatally injured, with dozens more wounded and four unaccounted for, following violent storms and at least one tornado in Mississippi on Friday night. The twister left numerous residences with their roofs sheared off and demolished entire neighborhoods, furthermore cutting electricity supply to thousands.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has stated that numerous state and local search and rescue teams are presently aiding those who suffered damage. Governor Tate Reeves has lamented the devastating impact the incident has had on the affected villages, asking for prayers for all those that have lost family or friends.

Search and rescue operations commenced following confirmation of a tornado that had caused destruction in both Silver City and Rolling Fork. Brandy Showah, a resident of the latter city, told CNN that the town had been "obliterated" and that she had never seen anything like it. The tragedy in Sharkey County, located around 60 miles north-west of Jackson, Mississippi, had resulted in a minimum of 13 deaths according to the county coroner Angelia Easton.

At least five people have died and two are in critical condition following a tornado in Humphreys County, Mississippi. Emergency Management Director Royce Steed informed CNN early Saturday morning.

In Carroll County, three people were killed in one home, as per Coroner Mark Stiles. The deaths are believed to have been caused by a tornado. Meanwhile, two people were killed in Monroe County, located in northeastern Mississippi, according to Coroner Alan Gurley.

Rolling Fork was damaged by the tornado, Showah stated to CNN. The National Weather Service reported that the tornado was travelling at 50 mph when it was located over the town shortly after 8 PM CT. The tornado left behind a trail of devastation, including damaged homes, buildings and trees, as well as downed power lines.

The home of Showah's grandmother suffered roof damage and its air conditioners were ripped out, but thankfully, the grandmother is safe. Most of the trees in her grandmother's yard have been felled, which include one that her grandfather planted fifty years prior. Showah mentioned a friend of hers who was trapped in her home a few houses away, but they were able to get her out. There are still residents close to her grandmother's home who are stuck in their homes as all of the electricity in the vicinity has been knocked out.

Severe storms ripped through Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi, leaving destruction in their wake. People were forced to remain in their homes as power was knocked out. Roads were blocked with fallen trees and debris while homes and buildings were nearly leveled. Broken household appliances, furniture and clothing were scattered where roofs or walls had once stood, according to videos of the scene.

The National Weather Service issued a "tornado emergency" for Rolling Fork, Silver City and Anguilla due to a “large and destructive” tornado near Coila. The Storm Prediction Center reported eleven tornado reports in Mississippi and Alabama during the last 24 hours, including the storm that affected Rolling Fork, Silver City and Winona. It remains uncertain if one long-tracked tornado or multiple tornadoes were responsible for the destruction.

Mississippi has activated its medical support efforts in response to the destruction caused by the recent storms, Gov. Tate Reeves announced late Friday. This includes providing additional ambulances and other emergency resources to those affected by the storms.

Reeves tweeted, “Search and rescue is active. Many in the MS Delta need your prayer and God’s protection tonight.” This outreach is not limited to Mississippi however, as the storms have also caused power outages and devastations across parts of three states.

In northern Alabama and middle Tennessee, tornado watches and warnings were issued in the early hours of Saturday morning, and the threat of severe storms persisted overnight. This disrupted power for more than 100,000 homes and businesses across Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, with Tennessee alone accumulating over 70,000 outages, according to the tracking site A tweet from the Morgan County Sheriff's Office stated that there was storm debris stretching for about a mile in that county. First responders were able to rescue seven people from a group home in which trees and power lines had collapsed, along with an overturned trailer and camper with people trapped inside. Consequently, tornadoes or severe storms that occur at night have the greatest potential to be dangerous because of the increased likelihood of people not being notified in time when they are asleep.
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