Saturday, April 24, 2010

Tornado kills 10 in Mississippi: officials

Reuters: A tornado nearly a mile wide ripped through central Mississippi on Saturday, killing 10 people, including three children, and injuring dozens of others, state authorities said. The tornado struck at least 13 counties, destroying scores of homes and trapping people inside, damaging businesses, blocking highways and knocking out power to thousands, said the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

Five people died in Choctaw County, four in Yazoo County and one in Holmes County, said Greg Flynn, spokesman at the agency. Governor Haley Barbour declared a state of emergency after the first major U.S. tornado of the year. "It has done huge damage around Yazoo City," Barbour, who grew up in the city, told CBS television….

The Standard Life Building, Jackson-Yazoo City, Mississippi, shot by Ken Lund, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

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