MS girl missing after swept away by floods, tornado injures 7

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Yazoo City, MS, United States (4E) – A 9-year-old girl remained missing Monday in Yazoo City, MS after being swept away by flashfloods as a tornado struck Covington County injuring seven people and damaging 50 homes.

Members of the Mid-Mississippi Strike Team and volunteers pumped floodwater and used backhoes around the 6th Street Culvert, including drainage ditches, to find the girl last seen playing in floodwater at the back of her home around 7 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

The Yazoo City Police Department said strong currents may have pulled the girl underwater as 4 to 5 inches of rain fell in the city at the height of Sunday’s storm pounding the state and parts of Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The search began at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and lasted until midnight. It resumed Monday morning.

Meanwhile, a tornado touched down six miles southwest of Taylorsville, Smith County, in the south-central part of Mississippi, around 2 a.m. Monday. The National Weather Service (NWS) said the tornado moved northeastward throughout Covington County at 55 mph damaging homes and downing trees and power lines on Highway 49 between Mount Olive and Collins.

At least seven people were reported injured near Crosby and Vester Pickering Road, the Covington County Sheriff’s Department said. They were treated at Covington County Hospital.

The power outage around 3:45 a.m. affected more than 1,100 people in Covington, Jasper, Smith, Jefferson Davis, and Simpson Counties, the Southern Pines Electric Company said.

Flash flood watches or warnings were in effect Monday morning for parts of southeastern Mississippi, much of Alabama and Georgia and northwestern Florida.

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