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State Of Emergency Declared in Greenville


GREENVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons followed the lead of outgoing Governor Phil Bryant by signing a declaration of emergency after severe storms ripped through the Delta Saturday morning. Storms damaged homes and businesses and flooding continues to be a threat. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for multiple counties and a tornado was spotted eight miles south of Hernando in Desoto County. A suspected tornado caused considerable structural damage in Greenville bringing down a brick building near the waterfront, and damaging the old Elk’s Lodge building to the point it needed to be demolished under an emergency order. A transformer fire Saturday evening forced relocation of residents near Delta Towers. Widespread power outages left many areas residents from Lake Village to Greenville and Clevland in the dark through late Sunday. Winds gusting over 80 mph downed trees buckled a radio tower at Delta Radio Network’s WKXY in Cleveland, blew semi-trucks from the highways and overturned mobile homes and RV’s across the Delta. All tolled, the storms killed at least 11 people across the south and midwest.

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