On Friday evening and Saturday morning, a severe weather outbreak occurred across multiple southern states, resulting in a fatal tornado in Mississippi.
According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency’s tweet on Saturday morning, the storm caused significant damage to buildings and left tens of thousands of residents without power. At least 23 people were confirmed to have lost their lives, and numerous others sustained injuries.
“We can confirm 23 dead, dozens injured, four missing due to last night’s tornadoes,” it said. “We have numerous local and state search and rescue teams that continue to work this morning. A number of assets are on the ground to assist those that have been impacted.”
Those numbers are expected to rise.
“At least twenty-three Mississippians were killed by last night’s violent tornados. We know that many more are injured. Search, and rescue teams are still active,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves tweeted Saturday. “The loss will be felt in these towns forever. Please pray for God’s hand to be over all who lost family and friends.”