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.