Governor Rick Perry warned that the risks of severe weather in Mississippi’s tornado-ravaged state “seem to be increasing”
After Friday’s tornado that left at least 26 people dead, a state of emergency was declared. However, locals were warned that there could be more severe conditions.
Tate Reeves, Mississippi governor, said that the sunny weather could change quickly despite him speaking at an outdoor news conference.
He stated that “what we’ve seen […] in the 24 to 36 hour period leading up to today is that it seems like the risks seem to have been getting worse and worse not better.”
Reeves stated that there are “significant risks” for anyone who lives south of Interstate 55. This is the longest highway in the south.
He said that officials are ready for severe weather and “monitoring it very closely”.
It will be a grim read for anyone who is in the path or potential of more storms. Friday’s tornado left a trail that caused destruction through one of America’s poorest regions.
Recovery will be “a long-term event”
President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency. Federal funding will be available for the hardest hit areas – Carroll and Humphreys counties, Monroe, Sharkey, and Monroe.
Recovery teams continue the difficult task to sort through the rubble of flattened buildings with many people injured and hundreds more homeless.
Deanne Criswell was the chief of Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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Blessed to live’
As more rubble is removed, there are concerns that the number killed will rise.
Twenty-five of the confirmed dead were found in Mississippi and one in neighboring Alabama.
Sky News spoke with Erwin Macon who works in a school in Rolling Fork. He said that he felt “blessed” to be alive after his mobile home was destroyed.
Tracy Harden, another local, stated that workers at Chuck’s Dairy Bar were forced to hide in a refrigerator when the tornado struck and tore the roof off the building.
The National Weather Service data shows that the tornado experienced winds of between 166mph to 200mph.
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Tigers escape damaged enclosure
A tornado struck Troup County in Georgia early Sunday morning.
Five people sustained minor injuries. Up to 100 buildings were destroyed and many roads were blocked.
Two tigers fled their enclosures after being injured at a safari park near Pine Mountain. They were later found and returned to their owners.