Some tornado damage in Northeast Mississippi; much less than in six other states.

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December 11th, 2021     Featured News General News

 

Although most of Northeast Mississippi was under tornado watches for up to eight hours Friday evening and until daylight Saturday, little damage was reported compared to other states.

Two houses were said to be heavily damaged in Prentiss County, but there were no reports of serious injuries there. There were reports of trees down around Northeast Mississippi.

However, a hundred or more people may have been killed as the long line of intense storms swept across six states.

Worst hit was Kentucky where Governor Andrew Beshear reported 70 or more people were killed.  Many of those killed were working in candle factory at Mayfield, Kentucky.

Beshear said the tornado stayed on the ground in that state cutting a swath 200 miles long. If that is true, it rivals the Tri-State Tornado of 1925, which tracked 219 miles across Missouri, Illinois and Indiana on March 18, 1925. (See more about this tornado in link below.) The tornado that did such extensive damage in Tupelo was on the ground for 37 miles.

It is expected that the number killed in Kentucky will increase as rescue work continues.

More than 90,000 people in Kentucky were without electrical power Sunday. President Joe Biden has made federal recovery efforts available in the Blue Grass State.

At least six people were killed in the collapse of an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, IL, about 20 airline miles southeast of downtown St. Louis, MO. Rescue efforts continue at the Amazon facility and the death toll there may increase.

Three people were killed in the northwest Tennessee counties of Lake and Obion.

One person was killed and two were injured in a Missouri town near St. Louis.

Video link shows some of tornado damage in Kentucky: https://www.cnn.com/videos/weather/2021/12/11/kentucky-storm-tornado-damage-drone-aerial-footage-nr-vpx.cnn

The 1925 Tri-State Tornado: https://www.weather.gov/pah/1925Tornado_tt  and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tornado_records

 

 

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