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Leakesville EF-4 tornado leaves one dead and much destruction

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The powerful tornado also ripped through the heart of Leakesville Friday night destroying several homes and businesses and cutting off power to the entire town.

The EF-4 tornado touched down around 7:40 Friday evening.

 A 54-year-old Leakesville woman was killed and six others suffered injuries. Twenty-three homes were destroyed and another 84 structures suffered major or minor damage. Power lines along Highway 57 leading into the town were knocked down cutting off power to the entire town.

Crews are still working to get power to the town, but no estimate has been given on how long it will take.

"All the people are accounted for at this point. We don't have anybody missing. We don't look for the injury or death number to go up. We do look for the number of homes to possibly increase over the next day or two," said Trent Greene, Greene County EOC Director.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter for displaced families and are still assessing the damage.

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