Washington / Jackson (TEH) – Several tornadoes have caused serious damage and cost lives in the southern United States. The southern state of Mississippi was hardest hit: at least eleven people died there due to the storm, as the local civil protection agency said, adding that injuries were reported. Many houses were damaged or destroyed, streets were closed due to debris lying around. At least 72,000 people are without electricity. The Civil Protection Agency said the numbers were preliminary, and hurricanes also affected other states in the southern United States. The Washington Post reported a total of at least 19 fatalities in various countries.
A total of 1.3 million people were without electricity. The storm had hit the southern United States on Easter Sunday. The national weather authority NOAA had warned of possible wind speeds of up to 330 kilometers per hour. It was an “exceptionally rare event.” Mississippi’s governor Tate Reeves wrote on Twitter: “Nobody wants to celebrate Easter Sunday like this.” The Easter storms were catastrophic, but his state could not be stopped and several US states declared a state of emergency in the face of the storms. In view of the corona pandemic, the authorities in Mississippi appealed to the population to wear breathing masks in all shelters and to observe the distance rules there as well.
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