Mar 26, 2023 - Energy & Environment

In photos: Mississippi town destroyed by deadly tornado

A man on March 25 sits among debris and damage caused by a tornado that tore through Mississippi. Photo: Fatih Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Dozens of people were killed and homes were destroyed as tornadoes spiraled through parts of Mississippi and Alabama on Friday night.

The big picture: More tornados are expected to hit Mississippi, Alabama and other Southern states Sunday, Axios' Andrew Freedman reports.

Zoom in: In Mississippi, the rural towns of Silver City and Rolling Fork in the southwest and Amory in the northeast all sustained significant tornado damage Friday.

  • The NWS preliminary damage survey found the tornadoes that struck Rolling Fork and Silver City were about 3/4 a mile wide and lasted for over an hour. It was given a rating of EF-4 — the second highest.
  • In Amory, businesses and infrastructure were significantly damaged or destroyed.

In photos:

Aerial view of Rolling Fork, Mississippi before tornado damage.
An aerial view of Rolling Fork, Miss., from July 13, 2020. Photo: Planet Labs PBC; National Agriculture Imagery Program imagery courtesy of the USDA Farm Service Agency
Aerial view of Rolling Fork, Mississippi after tornado damage.
An aerial view of Rolling Fork, Miss., after tornado damage on March 25. Photo: Planet Labs PBC; National Agriculture Imagery Program imagery courtesy of the USDA Farm Service Agency
Aerial view of homes in Rolling Fork, Mississippi before a tornado.
Satellite image of Rolling Fork, Miss., collected on Dec. 27, 2022. Photo: Satellite image ©2023 Maxar Technologies
Satellite image of homes in Rolling Fork, Mississippi after a tornado.
Satellite image of Rolling Fork, Miss., collected on March 26 after the tornado. Photo: Satellite image ©2023 Maxar Technologies
Satellite image of homes and businesses in Rolling Fork, Mississippi.
Satellite image of Rolling Fork, Miss., collected on Dec. 27, 2022. Photo: Satellite image ©2023 Maxar Technologies
Satellite image of homes in Rolling Fork, Mississippi after tornado.
Satellite image of Rolling Fork, Miss., collected on March 26 after the tornado. Photo: Satellite image ©2023 Maxar Technologies
Aerial view of tornado damage to homes.
An aerial view showing the damage from a series of powerful storms and at least one tornado is seen on March 25 in Rolling Fork, Miss. Photo: Will Newton/Getty Images
Tornado damage to infrastructure and people walking.
Workers and community members assess and clear damage on March 25 in Rolling Fork, Miss. Photo: Will Newton/Getty Images
Workers clear damage from a series of powerful storms and a tornado in Rolling Fork, Mississippi.
Workers clear the damage on March 25 in Rolling Fork, Miss. Photo: Will Newton/Getty Images
Woman look at the storm and tornado damage and debris.
Kenterica Sardin on March 25 looks on from her damaged home after the storms and tornado in Rolling Fork, Miss. Photo: Will Newton/Getty Images
A man repairs a window on his home in Rolling Fork, Mississippi after storms and a tornado.
Eddie Jones repairs a window on his damaged house in Rolling Fork, Miss., after a tornado touched down in the area on March 25. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images
The remains of crushed house and cars are seen in Rolling Fork, Mississippi after a tornado touched down in the area.
The remains of a crushed house and cars are seen in Rolling Fork, Miss., on March 25. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images
Aerial view of a destroyed neighborhood in Rolling Fork, Miss., after a tornado touched down in the area March 25. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images
Aerial view of tornado damage to homes in Rolling Fork, Mississippi.
Aerial view of a destroyed neighborhood in Rolling Fork, Miss. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images
Community members work to distribute water after damage from a series of powerful storms and at least one tornado in Rolling Fork, Mississippi.
Community members work to distribute water after damage from a series of powerful storms and a tornado on March 25, in Rolling Fork, Miss. Photo: Will Newton/Getty Images
A man fist bumps a person sheltering inside a makeshift clinic and relief center in Rolling Fork, Mississippi after a tornado.
A man fist bumps a person inside a makeshift clinic and relief center in Rolling Fork, Miss., on March 25. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images
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