More than 25 dead in tornado in Mississippi

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Rescuers searched for survivors and helped hundreds of homeless people on Saturday after a powerful tornado ripped a devastating path through Mississippi, killing at least 25 people.

A violent tornado

The tornado devastated part of the town of Rolling Fork in the Mississippi Delta, reducing homes to piles of rubble, flipping cars on their sides and toppling the town’s water tower. Residents hunkered down in bathtubs and hallways during Friday night’s storm and then broke into a John Deere store which they turned into a triage center for the injured.

A tornado over 265 km / h
Based on early data, the tornado received a preliminary EF-4 score , the National Weather Service office in Jackson said Saturday night in a tweet. An EF-4 tornado has maximum wind gusts between 265 km/h and 320 km/h, depending on the service. Jackson’s office said it was still gathering information about the tornado.

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