- At least 7 people were killed in Mississippi.
- One person died in Arkansas.
- More than 750,000 homes and businesses without electricity.
- There are at least 34 tornado reports.
At least eight people were killed when bad weather and strong tornadoes moved across the South on Easter Sunday and entered Monday, destroying homes and businesses and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without electricity.
There are at least 39 reports of tornadoes when storms cut deadly and destructive pathways in several countries.
One person died when a tree fell in a house on Sunday in Jefferson County, Arkansas. County Emergency Management Director Karen Blevins told weather.com the incident occurred in the town of White Hall. Blevins said trees and power lines had gone down across the county and some houses had been damaged.
One person was also killed in Jones County, Mississippi, where the tornado caused significant damage on Sunday night, Rodney Parker, deputy director of district emergency management, told weather.com.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency confirmed three deaths in Jefferson Davis County, where a tornado hit Bassfield. There was also one death in Walthall County and two fatalities in Lawrence County.
Tornadoes are reported in both districts as well. At least five houses were destroyed in Walthall District and other injuries were reported.
All three districts are south of Jackson, near the Louisiana state line.
The victims in Lawrence County are Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Ainsworth and his wife, Paula.
“Robert left this world a hero, when he protects Mrs. Paula during a tornado, “the sheriff’s office said on Facebook.
In Tennessee, the Chattanooga Fire Department responded many weather-related calls, including damaged buildings and fallen trees and power lines, after a tornado was reported east of the city Sunday night. Serious damage was reported in East Brainerd and Ooltewah, Tennessee.
The tornado also reportedly damaged and destroyed houses and other buildings on the previous Sunday night in Chattooga County, Georgia. Some people trapped in a mobile home in Pennville, WSB-TV reported. Damage was also reported in Carbon Hill, Alabama.
More than 580,000 homes and businesses without power in eight countries at 12:04 EDT Monday, according to PowerOutage.us. Outages are the most significant in Texas, Arkansas, Alabama and Kentucky. Strong winds are responsible for blackouts in many areas not affected by tornadoes.
Previously, rescue crews were looking for homes in Jones County, where damage was reported to several houses and commercial buildings in the city of Laurel and other parts of the county. Paul Sheffield, the district’s emergency management director, told weather.com in a telephone interview that several people were injured, some seriously. One person is still missing at around 12:30 Monday.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves stated a emergency state Saturday night.
“This is not how people want to celebrate Easter Sunday,” Reeves said.
Two tornadoes long paths follow the same path across parts of the state.
The photo shows the damage and bad weather in the city of Soso, Jones County, where a resident told CNN driving a storm at the voluntary fire station, which was damaged.
“All I have is my arms to cover my son and mother-in-law,” Candice Pitts said. “It’s near the bursting solid glass doors and the roof in many places collapsed or collapsed. My car was parked under the warehouse which is now being flown in a nearby yard. Damaged.”
Previously, destructive storms and possible tornadoes destroyed homes and businesses, toppled trees and turned off electricity in several areas of Louisiana.
About 300 houses were damaged or destroyed in Monroe, Louisiana, police sergeant. Chuck Johnson told The Weather Channel. The city is working to secure around 200 hotel rooms for displaced families who are displaced. They are trying to avoid housing large numbers of people in one place because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Social distance presents a challenge for emergency officials as they open shelter during storms and consider where to accommodate those affected. Many distributed masks and gloves at storm shelters, while others decided not to open at all.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency.
“Images and reports of major tornado damage in the Monroe area are heartbreaking, and my prayers with the people there. We liaise with local officials in the area to provide support, “the governor said on Twitter.
There are no immediate reports of major injuries.
“Pray for our city! Many neighbors & friends suffer severe damage,” Mayor Monroe Jamie Mayo said on Twitter. “We are sick; but not damaged.”
The National Weather Service announced a tornado emergency for Monroe in Ouachita Parish at 11:44 am CDT. The Doppler radar confirmed a large and destructive tornado hit parts of the city.
At least 20 houses were damaged in the Monroe Sunflower Subdivision, according to local media reports to the National Weather Service.
A video on Facebook shows severe damage. When a family walks out of a destroyed house, the video shows the front of the house has been snatched and the living room and dining room exposed to rain.
Monroe City Twitter account said, “We have reports of wind damage (or tornadoes) at various locations in Monroe.” The city also posted photos of damage.
Pictures on social media show some planes and buildings were damaged torn at Monroe Regional Airport.
Ron Phillips, airport director, said all flights were canceled until further notice. AVFlight’s hangar was badly damaged, Phillips told News Star, and he estimated there were $ 25 to $ 30 million in damage to the plane there.
Two semitractor trailers were reported to have exploded on Interstate 20 near US Highway 165.
Across the Ouachita River in West Monroe, Mayor Staci Albritton Mitchell told the Rising Star that the houses in his city were “razed.” He also said police safely rescued several people from their homes after they were trapped by fallen trees.
About 45 miles west of Monroe, dozens of trees are cut in the story blocked east of Interstate 20, according to the KSLA.
The Shreveport Times said the NWS was reported tornadoes in four parishes Previous week: Lincoln, Bienville, DeSoto and Webster Parishes.
A Twitter user posted pictures of the damage in Kingston, Louisiana, on DeSoto Parish.
Mark Pierce, spokesman for the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, told weather.com that many trees and power lines were down in Kingston and surrounding areas, and several mobile homes were affected. A large tree is blocking US Highway 84 towards Mansfield.
“We have experienced some significant damage,” Pierce said.
He said the sheriff and road crew were still out assessing the impact, but there had been no reports of injuries.
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