Storms kill at least 32 in MS, 178 nation-wide - - Jackson, MS

Storms kill at least 32 in MS, 178 nation-wide

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

New numbers from multiple state agencies have put the nation's death toll at 178 as a result of Wednesday's violent storm system. 

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has confirmed 32 fatalities, with 13 of those in Monroe County.

The hardest hit state has proven to be our neighbor to the east as the Alabama Emergency Management Agency has confirmed 128 deaths.

The National Weather Service issued a rare 'high-risk' warning of tornadoes, hail, flash flooding and dangerous lightning Wednesday for parts of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.

This massive system has claimed dozens of lives across the south.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received initial reports of damage from 50 counties across the state and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Governor Barbour declared a State of Emergency in 39 counties.

Entergy reports over 10,000 customers were without power Thursday morning.

In addition to the deaths there are more than 40 injuries reported in the Magnolia State.


All across the Mississippi Wednesday night residents are picking up the pieces from that severe weather system that moved through.

The driver of an 18-wheeler died near Oxford Wednesday morning after his truck hit a tree that had fallen across Highway 30.

Serious damage was left by the severe weather that blew through Oxford.

Buildings lost roofs and debris is scattered for miles.

Emergency crews began assessing the extent of the damage Wednesday night.

The body of a 66-year-old man has been located after an intense search in Marshall County.

Authorities said the man went missing early Wednesday morning after driving his vehicle into flood waters.

The man's car was found hours later, but he was not inside.

Emergency responders located the man's body shortly after 4:00 p.m. off Highway 7, north of Holly Springs.

And those same flood waters led to the Marshall County Sheriff's Department having to rescue some residents.

They helped people get out of their homes and reach drier areas.

Meanwhile, flood waters are raging in Tunica.

Neighborhoods have been overtaken by water and now the rising Mississippi River is causing casinos there to close.

The area's 9 casinos are on staggered closing over the next several days as the water rises.


One house was completely destroyed in Copiah County.

A house on Mitchell Lane disintegrated from the power of the tornado that touched down here.

Nothing is left but piles of debris and the foundation.

The family who lived here, Akeatra Murray and her children, were inside when the tornado hit.

Relatives say Murray took two of her children to the hospital.

Her daughter was hit on the head by debris and suffered cuts to her mouth and neck.

Other homeowners along Mitchell Lane were putting blue tarps over roofs damaged by the tornado.

Copiah County EOC officials report 3 homes had major damage, and five are unlivable.

They also report power lines and numerous trees are down in the county.

A Yazoo City man died while clearing storm debris from Tuesday night's storm.

It happened around 7:30 Wednesday morning on Old Highway 49, near Robinette Road, south of Yazoo City.

Coroner Ricky Shivers identified the man as 48-year-old Charles Harold Coker of Yazoo City.

Shivers says Coker was among 3 road workers attempting to clear a large tree off the road, when the tree shifted and a limb rolled back onto the man, striking him in the head.

Coker was pronounced dead on the scene.

Shivers says the cause of death was head trauma.

Tuesday night's storms hit Holmes and Attala counties around 2:00 Wednesday morning and caused downed trees and widespread power outages.

The Holmes County Sheriff's Department was hit hard.

Their main communication tower was bent completely over, as well as their backup communication tower.

The roof of the main building sustained damage as well as the jail and the structures around it.

The damage made it tough for dispatchers to communicate with deputies.

An AT&T tower was knocked out too, so cell phone use was hampered, leading to the injury of a deputy.

As severe weather made its way through Rankin County early Wednesday morning as it knocked down huge oak trees.

The damage was mostly along Old Highway 49 that runs north and south through the center of Richland.

Mayor Mark Scarborough of Richland says the trees were toppled over by what he thinks were straight line winds.

The trees crashed through the center of a mobile home and some houses.

Power poles were also knocked down and electricity cut to some areas.

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