Child, 4 others dead in Mississippi after tornado, storms

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A 7-year-old boy has died during the tornado on Highway 7 South in Holly Springs, city officials in Holly Springs confirmed. A second person was also killed in Holly Springs, city officials confirmed.

Three deaths have also been confirmed in Benton County. The deaths happened on County Church Road and on Hamilton Road, the Benton County sheriff confirmed.

Multiple people are injured; the Associated Press reports at least 40 people were hurt in Mississippi.

Several people from the Holly Springs area are at Regional Medical Center, the hospital said.

Many homes have been damaged in Mississippi due to severe weather and tornadoes, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

Here is the damage reported by MEMA as of 6 p.m. Wednesday:

  • Benton County: Cars damaged on MS Highway 5 near Ashland
  • Coahoma County: Homes and airport were damaged near Clarksdale; emergency crews told WREG about 25 homes are severely damaged in Clarksdale, and many more have minor damage. An entire subdivision was wiped out in the Bellevue area.
  • Marshall County: Homes damaged and power lines down near MS Highway 4 and Highway 7 near Holly Springs
  • Panola County: Homes damaged near Sardis
  • Quitman County: Homes damaged
  • Tippah County: Damage to areas near Brownfield

Mississippi Highway 5 and Highway 7 are both closed. Mississippi Highway 315 between Sledge and Sardis is also blocked to allow crews to remove storm debris.

The National Weather Service said the preliminary path of that tornado that did so much damage was nearly 150 miles long.

The damage begins south of Clarksdale, Mississippi and goes all the way to Selmer in McNairy County, Tennessee.

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