İrem GÖL -TDO- A tornado strike destroyed homes and left a trail of devastation across large parts of the US south on Sunday, as forecasters warned that a powerful Easter storm could affect more than a dozen states and millions of people before the early hours of Monday. By Sunday evening, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency had confirmed at least six fatalities in the state from the severe weather. Mississippi governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency after saying several tornadoes had struck the state.
In northern Louisiana, up to 300 homes and other buildings were damaged. Utility companies reported thousands of power outages. The storm provided a dilemma for public safety officials trying to find a balance between wanting people to stay in lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic and wanting them to leave their homes for shelter if conditions worsened.
The American Meteorological Society said: “Do not let the virus prevent you from seeking shelter in a tornado. If a public tornado shelter is your best available refuge from severe weather, take steps to ensure you follow federal guidelines for physical distancing and disease prevention.”