A massive tornado touched down in Mississippi and Alabama last night. At least 24 people were killed but it’s possible that death toll will rise. A nurse who helped care for the injured at a nearby hospital told the NY Times, “I have never seen as much devastation and traumatic injuries as I saw last night.” He added, “You just can’t imagine. It was awful.”

A meteorologist who was tracking the storm said a prayer on the air as it was headed form the town of Amory.

One family of seven in Amory survived the complete destruction of their house in a small bunker:

A videographer captured this image of the tornado just before it hit the town of Rolling Fork, MS.

Here’s video of the tornado passing close to Rolling Fork. It’s a bit shaky at first but steadies later.

The town, which had a population under 2,000 people, appears to have been completely destroyed.

CNN spoke to a woman from Rolling Fork who took shelter in a freezer at work:

“We didn’t know what was happening. I got a message from my daughter and my sister saying, ‘There’s a tornado, get to safety,’ and then one of my cashiers came and said her mom was on the phone and there was a tornado,” she continued. “Then all of a sudden, the lights—the lights started flickering and I don’t know if it was me or someone else who said, ‘Cooler!’ And my husband just started pushing us all in the cooler and this little spot saved our lives,” Harden said, as she wiped tears from her face.

According to a researcher at the University of Oklahoma, the tornado lifted debris about six miles into the air.

There are reports of checks from Rolling Fork being found more than 100 miles away.

The mayor of Rolling Fork, Eldridge Walker, told CNN his community was gone.

Rolling Fork was the first of several towns hit. The same storm also hit Silver City, MS.

The governor has issued a state of emergency.

Some news outlets were reporting at least 23 were killed in the storm. Most are now reporting 24 killed. The death toll could rise as rescuers go through these areas and try to account for everyone. I’ll update this later if the situation changes.

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