16 Dead in Georgia and Mississippi as Entire Towns are Wiped Out by Tornados and Killer Storms
January 22, 2017
Georgia declares State of Emergency. Severe storm warnings for Alabama and Florida.
- Twelve dead and 23 injured after a devastating Georgia storm on Sunday.
- Four were left dead in a tornado in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on Saturday.
- Severe storms are ripping through southeastern states, with Florida next.
- There have been 30 preliminary reports of tornadoes this weekend, 11 in Georgia.
An outbreak of severe thunderstorms, including the risk for strong tornadoes, and very strong damaging wind gusts, appears likely late this afternoon through tonight across southern Georgia into the Carolinas, and much of Florida.
A total of 16 people have died following devastating storms and tornadoes in Georgia and Mississippi, part of the severe weather wreaking havoc across the southeast.
In addition to the 12 dead and at least 23 people injured in southern Georgia, four people died after a tornado tore through hundreds of homes in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on Saturday.
The deadly weather is now headed towards Florida, officials say.
The governor of Georgia has declared a state of emergency in seven counties that have suffered deaths, injuries and severe damage from weekend storms.
Gov. Nathan Deal's office said Sunday the emergency declaration includes Brooks, Cook and Berrien counties — where 12 people have been confirmed dead, all along the Florida-Georgia line. At least another 23 people were injured.
In southeast Georgia there are rare 'high risk' notices of severe weather, with these locations possibly experiencing stronger, longer track tornadoes.
National Weather Service said northern Florida and bits of Alabama could face 'intense' tornadoes, winds and large hail.
In total, seven people were confirmed dead after an 'apparent tornado leveled' roughly 20 mobile homes near Adel, Georgia, in Cook County, the county coroner Tim Purvis said.
He added that emergency responders were searching for victims still trapped.
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