Lebanon Reporter

Community News Network

April 29, 2014

Deadly storms continue to pummel South

Damage widespread in Mississippi, Alabama

Emergency personnel remained in “search and rescue mode” early Tuesday morning after a wave of deadly storms made its way through Mississippi and Alabama, continuing a path of destruction stretching from the Midwest to the Deep South.

At least eight people died in Mississippi, where a tornado leveled buildings and downed trees. Damage was particularly severe in Louisville, a city of 7,000 located roughly 90 miles northeast of Jackson. There, the Associated Press reported that firefighters were searching through the remains of shattered mobile homes, looking for three people still unaccounted for following a tornado late Monday evening.

In Tupelo, a local television station was evacuated as a tornado bore down. Matt Laubhan, the chief meteorologist at WTVA, ordered staffers to head to a basement live on the air before walking off the set himself.

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton characterized the damage to his city as “widespread and devastating.” Shelton told CNN that workers at a Steak Escape restaurant survived the storm by huddling in a bathroom as high winds tore the building apart around them.

In Alabama, two people died in Limestone County, near the Tennessee border, when a tornado touched down near Athens. The News Courier reported that emergency workers were combing through a trailer park where more victims could be possibly be discovered.

Power lines and utility poles were down across a wide swath of the county, and fallen trees across roadways were hampering search efforts, Sheriff Mike Blakely told the News Courier. Officials estimated the tornado to be half a mile wide, with winds reaching 165 mph.

Early Tuesday morning, the University of Alabama confirmed that one of its athletes was killed when a retention wall in a basement gave way during the storm.

University officials told WBRC-TV in Birmingham that 21-year-old junior swimmer John Servati, from Tupelo, was seeking shelter in the basement of a home when the wall collapsed. Servati was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The powerful storm system is expected to continue east Tuesday and Wednesday into Georgia — where Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency — before subsiding later in the week.

Details for this story were reported by the Athens News Courier in Athens, Ala.

1
Text Only
Community News Network
Featured items
Click below to browse and order photos


Photos from June 2014

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide