A tornado ripped through a city in southern Mississippi killed four people and flattened many homes in early Saturday, officials revealed.
The officials of Hattiesburg informed that four people died as the tornado blew through the city and adjacent area. The tornado was part of stormy weather across the region. This stormy weather is bringing with it rain and unstable conditions.
Trees and debris in the area after a tornado in Hattiesburg
Mayor Johnny DuPree has declared emergency situation in the city. Official also reported major injuries and structural damages.
Hattiesburg firefighters and police are working side by side by going door-to-door to rescue fatalities. Greg Flynn from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said that rescuers are still finding the stricken area.
Flynn informed that massive damage reported, hit by a tornado around 4 a.m. Intensity of damage can also seen in television images. In these images, cars are flipping over and houses breaking into ruins of wood and debris.
Forrest, Lamar and Perry are three affected counties. Flash flood warnings also issued for northern Forrest and Lamar counties as well as in southeastern Jones and Marion counties.
Moreover, the National Weather Service told three to five inches of rain have already fallen that increasing the risk of flooding.
Interstate 59 north of Hattiesburg has closed due to debris, the Mississippi Highway Patrol reported.
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