19 Dec Multiple Tornadoes Plow Across Deep South
December 17, 2019
Source: The Weather Channel
WTVA.com (Gov. Phil Bryant declares state of emergency following Monday’s tornado outbreak)*
*Declaration not yet available. Associated county ZIP code list to be provided once published.
Approximate locations sustaining structural damage
– Cambridge Road, Athens Limestone County, 36513)
– Hatfield Lake Road, Athens (Limestone County, 36511)
– Colbert Heights (Colbert County, 35674)
– Harvest (Madison County, 35749)
– Monrovia (Madison County, 35806)
– Sarah Jane Drive, Madison (Madison County, 35757)
– Salt Well (Marengo County, 36732)
– Town Creek (Lawrence County, 35672)
– Mystic (Irwin County, 31769)
– Ocilla (Irwin County, 31774)
– Cotton Valley (Webster Parish, 71018)
– Cravens/Marlow/Pitkin (Vernon Parish, 70656)
– John Brewer and Borel Roads, DeRidder (Vernon Parish, 70634)
– Edwards (Hinds County, 39066)
– Guntown (Lee County, 38849)
– Silver Creek (Lawrence County, 39663)
– Sumrall (Lamar County, 39482)
* Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA): Home damage reported in the following additional counties (specific locations not available):
– Jefferson Davis
NOTE: This has not yet been declared a FEMA Major Disaster.
At a Glance
- Storms in the Deep South produced dozens of tornado reports on Monday.
- Mississippi governor declared a state of emergency.
- One person was killed in Vernon Parish, Louisiana, and two others in Town Creek, Alabama.
- A long-track tornado barreled across northwest portions of Alexandria, Louisiana.
- People were reportedly trapped in homes northeast of DeRidder, Louisiana.
Tornado warnings continued Tuesday in the Deep South as a severe weather outbreak that has killed four people and damaged dozens of homes pushed to the east.
The NOAA Storm Prediction Center had received at least 27 preliminary reports of tornadoes in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as of Monday evening. Several of these were already confirmed by the National Weather Service.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said the tornado outbreak injured more than a dozen people and caused damage in at least 25 counties, according to WAPT. He said he has declared a state of emergency for the affected areas.
The storm system claimed a fourth life on Tuesday morning. Kentucky State Police Trooper Bobby King told The Associated Press rescue crews were called to Greenup County about 8 a.m. for a water rescue involving two people. He confirmed one of the people died, and crews were still trying to rescue another person.
Three other people were killed on Monday.
In Alabama, Lawrence County Coroner Scott Norwood said a husband and wife were killed and four other people, including a 7-year-old boy, were seriously hurt in Town Creek, The Associated Press reported.
In Louisiana, Vernon Parish chief deputy Calvin Turner confirmed that one person was killed in a storm-damaged home on Monday afternoon.
More Tornadoes and Flooding on Tuesday
The storm system continued to spin tornadoes on Tuesday. A strong tornado was confirmed by radar over Mystic, Georgia, shortly before noon, according to the National Weather Service office in Tallahassee, Florida. An Irwin County dispatcher told WALB they were being swamped with calls.
Most of the damage was being reported in Mystic, Ocilla and the rest of the northwest side of the county. Damage was also reported in Ben Hill County.
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