Storms strike MS, LA

Tornadoes injured seven people on Wednesday and damaged or destroyed as many as 100 homes, farm buildings and businesses in Mississippi, according to emergency management reports.

BY SUSAN KIM | BRANDON, Miss. | April 6, 2005


Tornadoes injured seven people on Wednesday and damaged or destroyed as many as 100 homes, farm buildings and businesses in Mississippi, according to emergency management reports.

In Rankin County, 17 homes were destroyed, and 15 additional homes had major damage, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Other assessments showed as many as 25 homes may be destroyed. Rankin County is just east of Jackson. Quarter-size hail was reported in the area.

The Salvation Army was on the scene near the community of Florence providing meals and spiritual care.

In Scott County, two homes and four businesses were destroyed. In Walthall County, two homes were destroyed and five had major damage. Thirteen more homes had major damage in Pike County, and six homes had major damage in Hancock County.

Street flooding and additional pockets of damage were reported in several other counties as well.

Search and rescue continued Wednesday morning just after the severe weather moved through, said Wilson. “It looks as if about 80-100 structures have been destroyed or damaged,” he said. "This number would include both houses and farm buildings."

Rain is hampering assessment efforts, he added, but most of the damage was in the southwest portion of the county near Florence. “Right now we’re still trying to get the injured people out and open up the road,” he said.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour declared a state of emergency in storm-damaged areas.

The tornadoes occurred Wednesday when a line of thunderstorms moved across central Mississippi. No deaths were reported as of Wednesday morning. People had about 20 minutes warning. A tornado killed 10 people in Brandon, Miss., in 1992.

Tornado touchdowns were also reported in Scott County near Osyka and in Pike County.

In Louisiana, a possible tornado destroyed six or seven homes and damaged several more near the Webster-Bienville parish line.

The National Weather Service also posted a flood watch for northwestern Alabama.

More parts of the southeast would likely be affected Wednesday evening, said forecasters. Tornado watches were posted in parts of seven states - Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Missouri and Tennessee.


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