Tornado kills seven in Jasper, Smith, and Clarke Counties

JASPER CO., MS (WDAM)-A second day of severe weather pounded Mississippi killing at least 15 people, including two in Jasper county and one in Smith County and four in Clarke County.

A series of tornadoes slammed into Smith, Jasper and Clarke counties late Wednesday afternoon damaging or destroying everything in its path.  Jasper county officials say the hardest hit area is north of Bay Springs between Louin and Montrose just west of Highway 15.  MEMA confirms two people died near this location in Jasper County and one died in Smith County in Sylvarena.  While, the Clarke County Sheriff's office says they had 4 fatalities in the Snell community from the same tornado.

Jasper County officials called in every available rescue unit and ambulance service from nearby counties to help with the injuries.  A command post and triage was set up Wednesday evening at the Louin fire department to help with the non-life threatening injuries.

Just after the tornadoes passed, extensive tree damage was reported around Pineville in Smith County, making it difficult for emergency crews to respond to calls and there was a similar scenario near Turnerville in Jasper County.   Officials also confirm several damaged and destroyed homes around Rose Hill, Louin, and Enterprise.

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