Mississippi tornado: At least 26 dead as tornado, storms sweep across US state

At least 25 people have died in Mississippi and one person in Alabama after a destructive tornado and storms battered

Published on Mar 26, 2023 11:40 AM IST 9 Photos

A deadly tornado and strong thunderstorms swept across Mississippi and Alabama late on March 24 killing at least 26 people as it levelled hundreds of buildings and spawned at least one devastating tornado.  (Getty Images via AFP)

People cut down a fallen tree in the backyard of their house in Rolling Fork, Mississippi after a tornado touched down in the area. The powerful weather system, accompanied by thunderstorms and driving rain, cut a path of more than 100 miles (60 kilometers) across the state late March 24, slamming several towns along the way. (AFP)

According to Nicholas Price, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi, the tornado stayed on the ground for about an hour and cut a path of destruction some 170 miles (274 km) long. (AFP)


Governor Tate Reeves, who visited Silver City on Saturday, declared a state of emergency in the affected areas. (AFP)

"The scale of the damage and loss is evident everywhere affected today," he wrote on Twitter. "Homes, businesses ... entire communities." (Getty Images via AFP)