WASHINGTON, March 26 – At least 23 people are dead after powerful storms and a tornado ripped through the US state of Mississippi, authorities said Saturday.
“We can confirm 23 dead, dozens injured, four missing due to tornadoes last night,” the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency tweeted.
“Unfortunately, these numbers are expected to change,” the agency wrote, adding that numerous state and local search and rescue teams continued to work this morning.
Thunderstorms swept through Mississippi late Friday, with one tornado reported in the Silver City and Rolling Fork area, according to the US National Weather Service (NWS).
“Cleanup is underway as devastating storms impacted the South overnight,” the NWS tweeted Saturday morning. “Be careful because the dangers persist even after the storms advance.”
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said the state activated medical support to provide more ambulances and other emergency resources for those affected.
“Search and rescue is active,” Reeves continued. “Watch the weather reports and stay cautious overnight, Mississippi!”