April 24, 2010
Tornado death toll at 10 in Miss., port said to be wiped off map
Ten people are reported dead so far in the wake of today’s severe storms and tornadoes that swept across Mississippi and Louisiana.
A total of 21 injured residents so far have been transported from the Yazoo City area to Jackson-area hospitals; four of those were airlifted by helicopter to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Flynn said.
“We are anticipating more patients being admitted,” said Tena McKenzie, UMC spokeswoman.
Four adult patients were in critical condition and one was in stable condition. Two children were in stable condition, McKenzie said.
Gov. Haley Barbour ordered the Mississippi National Guard to help local officials with emergency response.
Barbour has been touring the damaged areas in a National Guard helicopter,
said Jeff Rent, spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
American Red Cross workers have also been dispatched to affected areas, Rent
In Warren County, at least 30 homes were rendered uninhabitable by the storms, Rent said. Damage reports are still coming from there and other areas, he said.
Barbour now has declared 17 counties as states of emergency.
Barbour spoke at an impromptu news conference in Yazoo City, his hometown
and the epicenter of the storm’s damage.
Yazoo County and city fire departments are continuing search and rescue
operations throughout the northern and eastern parts of the county.
“We still have people trapped in houses and cars,” Barbour said from in
front of Ribeye Steakhouse off U.S. 49. The governor became teary describing
the damage to Yazoo City.
“It reminds me of (Hurricane) Katrina,” he said.
The tornado’s path of destruction appears to be several miles wide.