A series of Tornadoes smash to the Midwest and Lower Mississippi Valley Killing 10 people in Western Mississippi on Saturday. The hardest hit community Yazoo County. Yazoo County a rural county 6o miles northwest Jackson, Mississippi’s state capital. Yazoo City is Governor Haley Barbour(R) was born and raised.
“This tornado was enormous,” said Gov. Haley Barbour, who grew up in Yazoo County, a county of about 28,000 people known for blues, catfish and cotton. The twister wreaked “utter obliteration” among the picturesque hills rising from the flat Mississippi Delta, the governor said.
A tale of survival was a the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Yazoo City.
A deacon Dale Thrasher, 60, had been alone in Hillcrest Baptist Church when the tornado hit Saturday, ripping away wood and metal until all that was left was rubble, Thrasher and the table he had climbed under as he prayed for protection.
“The whole building caved in,” he said. “But me and that table were still there.”
There are many other survival:
Another was on the phone with a meteorologist when the tornado threw him against a cinderblock wall that held just long enough to save his life. A coroner nearly became a victim himself when the twister flipped his truck four times; later he went out in his hospital gown to help identify bodies.
More than a homes in the southeast destroyed:
Hundreds of homes also damaged in the storm, which carved a path of devastation from the Louisiana line to east-central Mississippi, and at least three dozen people were hurt. Rescuers spread out Sunday to find anyone who might be trapped, while survivors returned to demolished homes to salvage what they could and bulldoze the rubble.
Gov. Barbour estimated at least 100 houses in Yazoo County alone had severe damage but said his estimate could rise later. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said Sunday that at least three dozen people were hurt and nearly 200 homes damaged in Attala, Holmes, Monroe and Warren Counties. Officials were still working to assess the total damage in Choctaw and Yazoo counties.
Our thoughts and prayers for those who lost everything in The southeast US.
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