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Deadly storm system expected to reach Vicksburg early Saturday

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A line of deadly storms is expected to reach the Vicksburg area around 6 a.m., with the most risk for severe storms anticipated by 7 o’clock Saturday morning.

This powerful storm system has produced at least 19 tornadoes, with reports of widespread damage across five states and at least two deaths in its wake.

One of the tornadoes ripped through a Monette, Arkansas nursing home, leaving nearly two dozen people trapped inside.  One person was killed and five others were seriously injured. Another death was reported in Leachville, just eight miles away.

A small town in northwest Tennessee is “pretty well flattened” according to authorities, and Kentucky State Police said that while casualties had not yet been confirmed, “loss of life is expected.”

Illinois journalist Jenna Rae was on the scene of an Amazon warehouse that was severely damaged by either a tornado or powerful straight-line winds.  Responders described the scene as a “mass casualty event.”

In Friday morning’s report, the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Jackson, Miss. assessed a only slight risk of severe storms for the Vicksburg area. It is unclear at the time of this report how powerful the system will remain to be when it reaches the River City.

A Hazardous Weather Outlook was released at 5:03 p.m. Friday for Warren County and Madison Parrish indicating a slight risk of severe thunderstorms capable of damaging wind gusts or tornadoes.

In the event of a tornado

  • Seek shelter in the most interior room and away from windows.
  • Being in a vehicle during a tornado is not safe; if you are unable to make it safe shelter,
    • either get down in your car and cover your head, or
    • abandon your car and seek shelter in a low lying area such a ditch or ravine.

 

 

 

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