Four dead after tornado strikes Mississippi inflicting ‘massive damage’

Four dead after tornado strikes Mississippi inflicting ‘massive damage’

Trees and debris cover the ground after the tornado hit Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on 21 January. Photograph: Ryan Moore/AP

Four people were killed, roofs were ripped from homes and churches and trees were torn from the earth early on Saturday when a tornado hitting in the dark of night ripped through a region in southern Mississippi, officials said.

Four people died after the twister blew through the city of Hattiesburg and its surrounding area, said Forrest County coroner Butch Benedict. The twister was part of a wall of stormy weather traveling across the region, bringing with it rain and unstable conditions.

Authorities did not immediately release the names of the four people who died. But at least one family had already received the terrible news. Monica McCarty said her father died in the same trailer park where she…


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