Sunday, January 22, 2017

At Least 15 Die as Tornadoes Sweep Southeast


Tornadoes Kill Over a Dozen in Southeast

Tornadoes hit Georgia and Mississippi over the weekend, killing least 15 people and injuring scores.
 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, WDAM and WTOC. Photo by Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press. Watch in Times Video »
At least 15 people were killed and 43 more injured in Georgia and Mississippi after severe weather on Saturday unleashed a swarm of tornadoes in the Southeast.
Catherine Howden, a spokeswoman for Georgia’s emergency management agency, confirmed that there had been 11 storm-related deaths, and 23 people injured, in central and southern parts of the state. She said there had been up to 20 reports of tornadoes.
Ms. Howden said that the severe weather in Georgia continued to take a toll and that it was not expected to stop until late Sunday night. On Sunday, the state’s governor, Nathan Deal, declared a state of emergency in seven counties.
A statement on the website of Mississippi’s emergency agency said that a tornado there had caused extensive damage in the southern part of the state, killing at least four people and causing more than 20 injuries.
The state’s governor, Phil Bryant, called for a state of emergency as power lines and debris littered Mississippi’s roads.
The weather also caused damage in parts of Alabama, Louisiana and Texas, though information on whether anyone had been killed or injured in those states was not immediately available on Sunday morning.
Sunday is expected to be another dangerous day in the South; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a “high risk” severe weather outlook for Georgia, and parts of Alabama and Florida. Since Saturday morning, 30 reports of tornadoes were recorded in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi, according to the agency.

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