At least 23 people have died as a result of the tornado that swept through the US state of Mississippi. Many were injured and some were trapped in the rubble.
A 70 mph tornado swept across the southern state Friday night, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. A storm blew in with severe weather. Hail the size of golf balls fell from the sky.
According to US media, most of the deaths occurred in the village of Rolling Fork, about 100 kilometers northwest of the capital, Jackson. Many buildings and large parts of the power plant were damaged. Many are reported missing and 49,000 people are without power.
Several search and rescue operations have since been launched. The injured have been taken to hospital.
This cyclone is also known as a supercell. It was a deadly storm with heavy hail. The National Weather Service warned of the arrival of severe weather on March 19.
Significant damage was also reported in Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas. It is not known if there were any casualties.
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