Mississippi tornado count rises to 19 in Saturday outbreak

Published 8:57 am Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The National Weather Service now counts 19 tornadoes that hit Mississippi on Saturday.

Officials continued to clean up Tuesday in the hardest-hit areas around Hamilton and Vicksburg.

By late Tuesday, Entergy Corp. cut electrical outages in Warren County to 140, down from thousands earlier.

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Officials now count more than 350 buildings damaged statewide, in addition to one death and 18 injuries. Mississippi State University $350,000 in damages after a hay barn was destroyed and other parts of its Starkville cattle farm damaged.

Shelters are open in Hamilton and Vicksburg, as well as a volunteer reception center in Hamilton. The Highway Patrol is helping Monroe County officials with traffic control and security.

Schools in the Vicksburg-Warren district, closed Monday and Tuesday, will reopen Wednesday. Monroe County schools reopened Tuesday.