'Katrina-like' twisters hit South

Deadly storms tear across wide area from Missouri to South Carolina

BY JIM SKILLINGTON | BALTIMORE | April 25, 2010


Deadly tornadoes struck across the Southeastern U.S. Saturday, causing damages so bad that Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour called the destruction "Katrina-like."

At least 10 people were killed in MS alone, with storm damage reported from Missouri to Georgia.

Yazoo City, MS, was particularly hard hit. Barbour grew up in Yazoo and has a home north of the city.

Emergency responders combed the ruubble Saturbay night to make sure all of the storm survivors had been found.

Gregg Flynn of the MS Emergency Management Agency, said at least two of the dead were children.

The Salvation Army has dispatched mobile feeding units to Yazoo and Warren counties. Meanwhile, emergency responders were continuing the send the most seriously residents injured in the storms to hospitals in Jackson.

“We are serving hot meals, coffee, cold drinks and spiritual counseling,” Salvation Army Capt. Ken Chapman told the Clarion Ledger in Jackson. “We are equipped to serve thousands," he added.

A state of emergency was ordered by the governor in 17 Mississippi counties. Barbour also ordered the state National Guard to assist local municipalities in emergency response efforts.

Although MS appeared to have the most seriously damaged Saturday, severe weather was also reported in the St. Louis, MO, area and Louisiana. Winds up to 60 mph were reported in Cobb County, GA.


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