Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour declared a state of emergency after a tornado,nearly a mile wide and winds up to 150miles per hour killed 10 people,including three children, and injuring dozens of others.
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.
Barbour said that Yazoo City was in a state of utter obliteration and declared a state of emergency in 17 counties devastated by the storms and twisters, and called on the National Guard to help local officials in their emergency response.
“The effects of these storms have left many Mississippians with destroyed businesses and without homes. It reminds me of (Hurricane) Katrina,” Mr.Barbour said.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that tornado watches are in effect for central and northern Alabama, northern and western Georgia, and east central Mississippi. It might hail up to 1.5 inches in diameter and may strike certain areas.
At about 8:00-9:30am ET, a tornado hit Florida and stayed there until 11:00am. There has been evidences of debris but no reports of injuries has been out yet. This news came from the National Weather Service (NWS). It has ripped Oakland Park and has caused panic to the people. They has been trees uprooted which can be seen in the pictures below courtesy of cbs4.com
A resident named Ronnie Brown who was able to witness the so called storm, which was confirmed by the NWS later in the morning after it struck, to be a tornado, said, “It was just all metal noise, I heard clanging, banging. My front door blew into a customer’s truck.”
There has been a difficult morning drive in the place as the strong thunderstorm has produced heavy downpours and gusty winds. In the city of Oakland Park, the Public Works Department is investigating and repairing structural damage near the 4000 block of NE 5th Ter. where strong storms, possibly a tornado, ripped the roof and door off of a business and overturned vehicles including work trailers.
A Tornado Damage Assessment Report will be conducted in the place later on.
Terrible weather conditions across Oklahoma led to tornadoes ripping through parts of the Southern Plains on Monday in an outbreak of violent weather in which at least 5 people have been killed,tossed cars off highways, flipped mobile homes and sent baseball-size hail crashing through windshields across the southern Plains and also the Oklahoma City area.
Department of Emergency Management said two people died in Oklahoma City and three were killed in Cleveland County, just west of Tecumseh, Oklahoma.
The storms with winds up to 165 mph speed struck around 5 p.m. CT.
Rescue workers around Oklahoma were conducting house to house visits to confirm people were safe.
Emergency operation to clear away downed power lines, overturned cars, and snapped utility poles are in full swing, Oklahoma City Fire Chief Keith Bryant said.
At least 80 homes were damaged, and more than 31,000 were without power in the metro Oklahoma City area, according to city police.
In all, 13 counties bore the brunt of the devastating tornadoes.
The damage from the Oklahoma tornado is making it difficult for authorities to search.
“We have heavy fog (and) power lines down making it difficult to see all the hazards out there. We’ll wait for more sunshine to resume our search,” said Cecil Clay, the fire chief.
Marathoners for the Nashville Marathon are redirected to another route as the Country Music Marathon in Nashville is on a constant tornado watch over the area of the event. Horns were blown as runners approached the Nashville stadium. Runners were then coerced to be under a 4-hour pace to the half marathon course at the 11.2 mile marker. The LP Field was also opened for runners to take shelter once thunderstorms moved into town. The National Weather Service, race management officials along with Race Spokesman Dan Cruz have issued the tornado watch alert until 2pm.