(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – At least 23 people died after a tornado hit Mississippi late Friday night, destroying homes and leaving over 100,000 residents without power.
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The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said in a statement on Saturday morning, “We have many local and state search and rescue teams working. There are resources on the ground to help those affected.”
Around 126,000 people in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama have had no power since Saturday morning, according to PowerOutage.us.
Over a dozen deaths happened in Rolling Fork, a town in Sharkey County, about 60 miles northwest of Jackson.
A local resident, Brandy Showah, told CNN, “I’ve never seen anything like this. This was a very nice small town, and now it’s gone.”
Rolling Fork and Silver City were two of the towns hit hardest by the tornado.
Stan Dorroh, a member of the North Mississippi Storm Chasers and Spotters, said the destruction in Silver City, which has 300 residents, was “devastating” and that “the images will haunt me forever.”
Although the death count is 23 right now, MEMA said on Saturday morning that “these numbers are expected to change.”
Governor Tate Reeves (R., Miss.) sent his sympathy to the families who lost loved ones, tweeting, “At least twenty three Mississippians were killed by last night’s violent tornadoes. We know that many more are injured. Search and rescue teams are still active. The loss will be felt in these towns forever. Please pray for God’s hand to be over all who lost family and friends.”
Governor Tate also asked for prayers and protection for those in the “Mississippi Delta” and advised people to watch weather reports and be careful throughout the night.
The Storm Prediction Center reported that there have been eleven tornadoes in Mississippi and Alabama in the last day.
HEARTBREAKING IMAGES: Our field crews are on the ground in Silver City, MS where a large and extremely dangerous #tornado caused extensive damage to the town. pic.twitter.com/YHqwu3OIRm
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) March 25, 2023