The Mississippi Emergency Agency announced that more than 10 tornadoes that occurred in 1 day destroyed towns, bringing the death toll in the state to 25.
“Mississippi continues to struggle with devastating and deadly hurricanes that swept the state overnight on March 24, 2023. The death toll has now risen to 25 and dozens have been injured,” the agency’s website said in the announcement.
In the state of Alabama, where the tornadoes were effective, a statement was made from the Morgan County Emergency Management Office that 1 person died.
Images in the town of Rolling Fork, where the tornadoes caused the most destruction in Mississippi, revealed the severity of the natural disaster.
In the town with a population of approximately 2,000, it was seen that there was no building left that was not damaged by the hoses, and that the trees of decades had been uprooted with their roots. It was determined that many vehicles, including their trucks, were overturned by the violence of the tornado, and remained under trees and pieces of buildings.
“The house was smashed above us and we were trapped under the rubble”
Samy Jackson, one of the residents of the region, who was completely destroyed by the tornado, said that they were caught in a severe storm when they reached their house in the evening, and when their house started to crumble with the effect of the tornado, they used a mattress as their shield, but at that moment they were thrown towards the wall with an explosion. “The debris was coming our way. Then the tornado lifted the house and threw it back to the ground. The house smashed above us and we were trapped under the debris,” Jackson said. used the phrases.
Stating that he got out of the wreckage with his own means and then saved his grandson and daughter, Jackson said, “I am alive, but we have lost many people. Material things are not important to me. I thank God.” said.
While meteorologists said that severe weather conditions in the south reached their peak in March, April and May, Powerotuges.us, which reported power outages, shared the information that hundreds of thousands of customers in Mississippi and the regional states were without power due to the tornado.
On the other hand, US President Joe Biden, in his written statement, stated that he talked to the Governor and Senators of Mississippi and that federal support will be provided to the region, and shared the information that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is ready to reach Mississippi.