So far, eight dead in Winston County, 11 statewide, numbers expected to rise
There confirmed 11 dead according to state officials, but Winston County Coroner Scott Gregory says there are eight dead in his county alone.
Gregory said one of the dead from Winston County died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center last night, and the other seven have been found in Winston County.
“We expect that number to continue to rise as the search and rescue continues,” Gregory said.
Richland Police Chief Russell James identified a motorist killed in Monday night’s storm on Old Highway 49 as Sharon Pell, 49, of Lowe Circle in Richland.
James said it appears Pell was driving south-bound, although he’s not certain, and unaware the tornado was hitting. It threw her car about 200 yards, he said, into a field near Richland Fire Station 1. Fire rescue workers quickly arrived, but she died at the scene, James said.
A motorist was killed in Lee County when her car left the road and crashed into the embankment during the storm. Lee County Coroner Carolyn Gillentine Green says the vehicle appeared to have hydroplaned or was blown off of Palmetto Road.
Officials said there was also a fatality in Issaquena County.
One fatality reported in Warren County was unrelated to the weather, EMA Director John Elfer said.
Officials said 37 patients had been transported to various hospitals from Louisville after Monday night’s tornadoes that wreaked havoc on the state, one of which hit Winston County directly.
During the day officials say is Mississippi’s most active tornado day in history, tornadoes touched down in 12 locations. There were more than 40 tornado warnings. Winston, Leake, Lowndes, Warren, Hinds, Madison, Rankin, Lee, Scott, Pontotoc, Newton, and Yazoo were among those suspected to have had tornado hits on Monday.
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