State Of Emergency After Mississippi Tornadoes

THE DELTA (Ben Caxton) — Washington County escaped major damage but heavy rain, winds, hail, and tornadoes wreaked havoc elsewhere across the south. In Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declaring a state of emergency on Sunday night. Trees were down, roads were flooded and businesses reported damage in Yazoo County. A twister hit Vicksburg early Saturday evening and injured a woman when a tree fell on her house. Over 6000 people were without power in Warren County and a 95-year old Monroe County man died when a tornado toppled a tree onto his home in Hamilton, a rural hamlet of about 500 people 45 miles northeast of Starkville. A hospital clinic, a mechanic’s shop, the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department, several storage units and some apartments had major damage from the tornado. Another shop and the Monroe County Morgue were destroyed. In Starkville, home of Mississippi State University the school told the Clarion Ledger that thousands of the school’s students huddled in basements and hallways as the storms roared by, but damage at the university appears to be minimal. Nationally at least 8 people were killed in the weekend tornado outbreak.



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