Drastic Storms In US South Killed 18 in Georgia And Mississippi

Drastic Storms In US South Killed 18 in Georgia And Mississippi

Drastic weather in US South has left at least 18 dead and many injured, emergency officials said.

Governor Nathan Deal has declared state of emergency in seven counties in south-central Georgia, where 14 people were killed.

Four more people were killed in Mississippi by tornadoes on Saturday.

According to National Weather Service, more storms and a tornado outbreak is expected in southern Georgia and northern Florida.

US Storm

14 victims were in the southern Cook, Brooks, Dougherty and Berrien counties, The Georgia Emergency Agency said. Most of the deaths occurred in Cook County, when a mobile home park was struck by a tornado.

Numerous mobile homes were effected before daybreak on Sunday in the park near the city of Adel, Tim Purvis, Cook County coroner said. He added that emergency teams were searching for survivors. He estimated that nearly half of the mobile homes in the park were destroyed.

“These storms have devastated communities and homes in South Central Georgia, and the state is making all resources available to the impacted areas,” Governor Deal said.

US President Donald Trump said that he contacted Governor Deal and expressed his consolation for the loss of life.

US Tornado

Two people died in Brooks County when an tornado tossed a mobile home, coroner Michael Miller said.

Swathes of the south-eastern United States have been hit by storms over the weekend.

Tornado with winds above 218 km/h (136 mph) struck southern Mississippi leaving four people dead, more than 50 injured and about 480 homes destructed, state officials said.

A severe thunderstorm and tornado outbreak was expected across north Florida and south Georgia on Sunday with severe threat expected to extend southward into central Florida and northeastward into South Carolina, The National Weather Service warned.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency advised locals who are in the path of tornado to cover themselves with blankets or mattress for protection.

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