In Mississippi and Louisiana—where the number of infections from the CCP Virus has begun to increase—they have been dealt another deathly blow in the form of 60 tornadoes, combined with large hailstones and flash flooding in many areas.
On Sunday, both areas were hit with dozens of tornadoes whipped up from a deadly storm system, killing at least a total of 32 people and flattening hundreds of homes and buildings. More than 1 million homes and businesses were left without power. One huge tornado in the south of Mississippi stretched on the ground for more than 100 miles.
The tornadoes, some with winds stronger than 150 mph, left a path of destruction in at least 30 counties, according to state officials.
On Monday the tornadoes continued their path into the Carolinas and Tennessee, leaving 11 dead in Mississippi. Seven more were killed in mobile home parks near the Georgia-Tennessee border.
South of Atlanta, in Yatesville, a tornado blew a house off its foundation and into the middle of State Highway 74, WGCL reported. The Upson County Sheriff’s Office said no one was in the house at the time of the tornado.
Upson County pic.twitter.com/fFg9EIMhiv
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The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) said severe thunderstorms will barrel now toward the East Coast, with the threat stretching from southeast Georgia through the Carolinas into Virginia through Monday afternoon.
“We’ve had over 50 reports of tornadoes over parts of the South and the Gulf Coast,” Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean said on “Fox & Friends.”
A few photos of the EF3 Tornado that touchdown and destroyed the area of East Brainerd Road. pic.twitter.com/QwPCmZ24ht
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“Unfortunately, we are going to continue to see the damage across portions of the Carolinas, up toward the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast,” Dean said. “So the next several hours are going to be crucial.”
“The Storm Prediction Center said this is the area that’s going to potentially see the damage, including tornadoes, long-lasting, catastrophic tornadoes and now we are getting reports of many deaths,” she added.
Significant damage to aircraft/hanger at the the Lowcountry Regional Airport in Walterboro.
📷: Richard Shealy pic.twitter.com/oXkZJ8zWtm
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At least nine people were killed in South Carolina on Monday afternoon as the tornadoes bore down on the area. Hamilton County Emergency Management Communications Director Amy Maxwell told the Times Free Press more than 500 first responders were conducting a “grid search” of the hardest-hit areas.
“We’re still in the rescue mode and that’s pretty much going through the area which was affected, going door to door to make sure that we got everyone accounted for,” Maxwell said. “Obviously, there’s significant damage in East Brainerd and East Ridge, but the total destruction is in East Ridge.”