Deadly Tornado Rips Through Four Southern States - NECN

Deadly Tornado Rips Through Four Southern States



    (NECN/CNN) - Officials will get an air and ground view today of the deadly devastation from this weekend's tornadoes in Mississippi and Alabama. Twelve people were killed when the twisters slammed through dozens of communities.

    Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will
    concentrate on Mississippi, where 10 of the 12 fatalities happened.
    The inspection is the first step toward a possible presidential
    disaster declaration.

    Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says the tornado that tore
    through 16 counties in his state on Saturday was "enormous." The
    National Weather Service says it had winds of 160 miles an hour,
    and left a path of destruction at least 50 miles long.
    Hundreds of homes were damaged in the four states: Mississippi,
    Louisiana, Arkansas, and Alabama. Two storm-related deaths were
    also reported in Alabama.

    Reporter Reynolds Wolf has the details.

    *Material from The Associated Press used in this report*