Devastation: Mississippi tornadoes leave 23 dead and dozens injured

Mississippi GOP Gov. Tate Reeves praised the first responders for their swift action.

Published: March 25, 2023 12:24pm

Updated: March 25, 2023 12:43pm

Tornadoes swept through Mississippi Friday evening and Saturday morning resulting in nearly two dozen dead and multiple people injured, according to local authorities. 

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency announced via social media that 23 people died, dozens were injured and there are many residents without power. 

"We can confirm 23 dead, dozens injured, four missing due to last night's tornadoes," the statement reads. "We have numerous local and state search and rescue teams that continue to work this morning. A number of assets are on the ground to assist those that have been impacted."

Mississippi GOP Gov. Tate Reeves praised the first responders for their swift action. 

"Just completed command briefing with our disaster response team," he tweeted. "Devastating damage—as everyone knows. This is a tragedy. I am on my way to Sharkey County to be with the people first hit. We are blessed with brave, capable responders and loving neighbors. Please continue to pray."

The storm really hit the city of Amory, Mississippi hard. Amory Mayor Cory Glenn went on "Fox & Friends Weekend," calling the storm "devastating."

"A devastating storm, but we're resilient people and we'll overcome," he said during the interview. 

Death tolls are expected to rise. This is a developing story. 

The Facts Inside Our Reporter's Notebook

Unlock unlimited access

  • No Ads Within Stories
  • No Autoplay Videos
  • VIP access to exclusive Just the News newsmaker events hosted by John Solomon and his team.
  • Support the investigative reporting and honest news presentation you've come to enjoy from Just the News.
  • Just the News Spotlight

    Support Just the News