Deadly Tornado Outbreaks in the South

By Taylor Rice

A series of severe storms has carved a path of destruction through the Southern communities. Over the last weekend, at least 27 tornadoes were reported and recorded across five states–Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. The tornadoes devastated the surrounding landscapes. 

At least 26 total people were killed from these tornados. Officials claimed at least 21 people died in Mississippi, where one long-track twister left a 59 mile trail of destruction, and there was at least 1 storm-related death in Alabama. Dozens more people were injured, ranging from mild discomfort to critical condition. 

The storms destroyed neighborhoods, ripping roofs off of houses, and causing power outages for thousands of people. Many people lost their homes, family members, and a good portion of their livelihoods. 

According to an article from CNN, President Joe Biden spoke with officials after the deadly tornadoes, promising to “focus our federal support where it is needed most quickly.”

From the same CNN article, Mississippi governor Tate Reeves issued a state of emergency in all counties affected by the destruction. He stated, “I’m devastated by the destruction and loss of life that these storms have caused,” and stated Mississippi would send resources to help in the rebuilding process. 

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkes said on Twitter that his department will also “provide support to the impacted communities.”

This year’s tornado season is starting off strong. Let us send our best wishes to those at the mercy of these storms. 

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