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Southeast MS residents picking up the pieces after tornado

Several families in Marion County are without a home for Christmas after a tornado touched down in the area.  Source: WLBT Several families in Marion County are without a home for Christmas after a tornado touched down in the area. Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Officials say it's going to a lot of resources to get the county back to where it use to be. Source: WLBT Officials say it's going to a lot of resources to get the county back to where it use to be. Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT

Folks in Southeast Mississippi are picking up the pieces on Christmas Eve after a tornado ripped through the area, killing at least four people and injuring 20 others.

Several families in Marion County are without a home for Christmas after a tornado touched down in the area. Severe storms also hit neighboring Jones County yesterday afternoon.

Our crew got a first hand view of the damage and we were escorted through Columbia by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Officials say it's going to take a lot of resources to get the county back to where it use to be.

Charlie Connolly, retired Director of Marion Co. Emergency Management, says "We're gonna need a lot of monetary help, you know it's hard to say how much damage right now because some of them gone. It kind of reminds me of Hattiesburg a little over a year ago."

The Governor has declared a state of emergency for Marion County and he is holding a press conference today. 

We're told that the Salvation Army is setting up at Columbia Academy to provide meals and water. 

The Salvation Army and Red Cross will also be driving around the county in mobile canteen trucks with food and water. 

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