At least 19 people were killed by a tornado and strong storms that hit the US state of Mississippi late yesterday, authorities reported today.
Search and rescue operations were continuing at this time in Sharkey and Humphreys counties, about 110 kilometers north of Jackson, the state capital, said the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), according to the television network. ABC.
“Many in the (Mississippi) Delta need your prayers and God’s protection tonight,” state Governor Tate Reeves said on Twitter.
Reeves added that “medical aid was activated, sending more ambulances and other emergency resources for those affected” and asked citizens to maintain caution.
The ABC network reported that 13 people had died in Sharkey County, three in Carroll County and two others in Monroe County.
Meanwhile, a state highway patrol officer told ABC that one person had died in
Silver City, Humphreys County.
Television images showed flattened houses and debris strewn on the roads, according to the AFP news agency.
“As for the official damage figures, we won’t have them until tomorrow,” said MEMA’s Malary White.
The Jackson National Weather Service reported early this morning that the tornado watch had passed.
“Additional showers and thunderstorms are expected throughout our area,” the SMN said on Twitter, estimating that they would not reach the severe category.