Mississippi, Alabama Suffers Deadly Tornado Outbreak Monday; More Severe Weather On The Way

Tornadoes, which have hit Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee, have left more than 30 people dead and done millions of dollars in damage. And, the threat for tornadoes isn’t over just yet.

On Monday, seven people were reported as killed in Mississippi. Six were reported dead in Alabama – although only two were confirmed. Two deaths were confirmed in Tennessee early Tuesday after a tornado hit the state.

Monday’s storms are the continuation of Sunday’s storms that left 17 people dead across the southern and central parts of the United States. The majority of the deaths were located in Arkansas; Oklahoma and Iowa had one death apiece.

According to Holly Hollman, an Athens’ Ala. spokeswoman, the Limestone County sheriff’s department said there were two deaths from a tornado that struck a mobile home park located west of the city. Four more people were killed by a tornado to the southeast said Bill Latimer, the county’s commissioner.  State emergency management officials could not confirm these deaths.

In Lincoln County, Tennessee, two people died when a tornado with the wind speeds up to 190 mph struck the state. An elementary school was damaged and many homes destroyed.

In the state of Mississippi, emergency officials said seven people were dead during a press conference involving Gov. Phil Bryant. According to Mississippi Director of Health Protection, officials were still waiting coroners’ confirmation for those deaths.

Jason Shelton, Tupelo mayor, said there is obvious storm damage, and people need to be mindful of the weather and just stay inside. He said another line of severe weather was set to come through and people need to stay inside.

The tornado destroyed two restaurants and caused extensive damage to a motel.

There were several reported injuries in the Tupelo area – a town of nearly 35,000 people that lies in northeastern Mississippi. Injuries were also reported in Louisville, Miss., a town of around 6,600 residents that lies about 90 miles northeast of Jackson.

The Louisville medical center had wind damage, with two of its walls being knocked down.

The Storm Prediction Center said there were 30 tornadoes were reported on Sunday night/early Monday in seven states.

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