March 24, 2023

RECOVERING FROM THE STORMS: 25 dead, dozens injured in killer tornadoes

Therese Apel

Residents of Rolling Fork try to dig their belongings out of what is left of their home after Friday night's killer storms.


A citizen of Rolling Fork clears storm debris out of his yardafter Friday night’s lethal tornadoes.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has confirmed that the death toll from Friday night’s storms has risen to 25. Dozens more are injured, but the four people reported missing have been found.

Numerous local and state search and rescue teams continue to work in the debris and devastation while State agencies and partners are working together as the recovery process begins.

Governor Tate Reeves has requested an expedited Major Disaster Declaration for counties impacted by the deadly tornadoes and severe weather that swept through the state.

“The scale of the damage and loss is evident everywhere affected today,” said Reeves. “From homes, to businesses, and even entire communities. Respond, recover, rebuild together. That is the mission.”

The state is requesting individual assistance and debris removal for the following counties: Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe, and Sharkey.


The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency confirms 23 dead, dozens injured and four missing due to last night’s devastating tornadoes. There are numerous local and state search and rescue teams that continue to work this morning. A number of assets are on the ground to assist those that have been impacted.

It’s unclear if all of those casualties are in the Delta area in and near Rolling Fork that was slammed by the storms when they came across the river. Other areas have reported damage around the state.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has deployed search and rescue teams to the Delta in the wake of destructive storms that have come through.

“Many in the MS Delta need your prayer and God’s
protection tonight,” posted Governor Tate Reeves. “We have activated medical support-surging more
ambulances and other emergency assets for those
affected. Search and rescue is active. Watch weather reports and stay cautious through
the night, Mississippi!”

MEMA posted to their social media Friday night the following:

-Search and Rescue assets are deploying to Sharkey and Humphreys Co
-Health assets assessing local hospital in Sharkey
– Human services assessing the needs of those affected
– Damage assessments to begin in the morning

At this point there are reports of damage and entrapment, but it’s unclear if there are any casualties.

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