Saturday, June 3, 2023

South and south of the US, the highest watch for strong storms and tornadoes

Some 30 million people live in the affected area and will be exposed to these phenomena that occur at night, something that makes them more dangerous.

Several states in the south and south of the United States remain in high alert for storms and tornadoes, which could also affect Mississippi, as a result of the events that occurred on Friday, which caused at least 25 deaths.

The National Weather Service announced on Sunday that it had issued a tornado watch for south and central Alabama, where a person was killed by another tornado on Friday.

Violent tornadoes, heavy hail, and scattered damaging wind storms could occur in the area.

A storm watch has also been issued for eastern Louisiana and south-central Mississippi, where there may be many tornadoes and hail and wind.

Some 30 million people live in the affected area and will be exposed to these phenomena that will occur at night, something that makes it more dangerous than the Meteorological Service indicates.

“At night tornadoes are dangerous as they are difficult to detect in the dark and many people are asleep or unaware of the storms at night,” he said in a message on social media.

The Mississippi Weather Service also warned that new tornadoes could occur in the next few hours, although in the southern part of the state, not in the counties most affected by the events that occurred on Friday night, Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe and Sharkey.

This morning another “large and dangerous” tornado struck south of LaGrange, Georgia, the weather service in Atlanta noted, causing no deaths so far.

At the top of the mountains, these two days come after a series of tornadoes – about ten according to the weather service – hit the states of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee on Friday night, causing 26 deaths (25 in Mississippi and 1 in Alabama) and dozens of injuries.

This Sunday, a conference was broadcast in the municipality of Rolling Fork, which is completely destroyed, according to the images from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MSEMA), in which the ruins of houses are visible (many wooden), crushed by vehicles and uprooted trees.

The governor of Mississippi, Republican Tate Reeves, announced that they are carrying out the search for several missing people, that they are “closely monitoring” the possible meteorological phenomena that may be present in the state today and that emergency personnel are prepared. if needed.

“People should listen to their officials and listen to their warnings and follow their instructions about what to do if a severe storm is imminent,” he said.

The governor said that there is “no chance that the death toll could go up”, but it could also go down as there are suspicions that some deaths did not occur “due to the storm”.

The president was accompanied at the press conference by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, who reiterated the support of the state for the recovery of the area, a few hours after Joe Biden declared this Sunday “a great disaster” in the area affected by the counties.

Biden thus made federal funds available to the people of Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe and Sharkey counties, and announced that aid could be increased to other areas if needed.

“We walked the streets of this town with devastation on both sides of the road,” Mayorkas said. “We have yet to hear about the loss of life and see the devastation firsthand, but it is encouraging to see the people of Mississippi flocking to help,” he added.

Biden ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts with the announcement, with help that may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured losses, and other programs to help people and homeowners. the effects of the disaster.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been designated as the agency to coordinate federal recovery operations in affected areas while damage assessment efforts continue in other areas and more counties may be designated as recipients of assistance when complete.

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