April 24th, 2010
01:46 PM ET

Tornado hits Mississippi; homes destroyed

A large tornado touched down near Valley Park, Mississippi, Saturday, the National Weather Service confirmed, and 20 to 30 homes were destroyed in a nearby city, its fire chief told CNN.

Roy Wilson, fire chief of Yazoo City, said he knew that some people were trapped inside some structures. Wilson said he didn't yet have confirmed numbers on injuries.

"It's in pretty bad shape so far," he said of the city.

Linda Green, a dispatcher with the Issaquena County Sheriff's Department, told CNN that there was minimal damage in the area around Valley Park, and a few power lines were down. Valley Park is in Issaquena County, while Yazoo City is located in Yazoo County.

No injuries have been reported in the Valley Park area after the twister ripped through around 11:30 a.m. CT (12:30 p.m. ET), she added.

Issaquena County is in the western part of the state, north of Vicksburg.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. FUGA

    It did $2 million worth of improvements. I'm from Mississippi, so I know.

    April 24, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AGuest9

    Thoughts are with those folks in MS...

    April 24, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Carolyn

    Pictures! We need pictures, CNN!

    April 24, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Renotta Smith

    The news channel WCBI.com has video and local news. We live in Starkville, MS where Mississippi State Univ. is and stayed inside the university buildings for protection this afternoon.

    April 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Girls Best Friend

    No new taxes say the Southerners...

    But will declare a state of emergency to get federal funds for aid...from taxes...paid mostly by New York and California.

    Ask the Tea Party for help

    April 24, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |