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Multiple tornados swept through the area over night, leaving one man dead in monroe county.

And leaving its mark across several counties...demoli shing homes, buildings and trees..

Thanks joining us tonight, i'm jory tally.

Monroe county leaders held a press conference this morning to update people on the damage.

Road manager sony clay confirmed one person died and 4 people were taken by ambulance to the hospital, along with 15 others taken by other vehicles.

Public service commissioner brandon presley says about 2,500 people were left without power..

"it appears we may have had two tornados that hit the county.

One hit here, right below hamilton.

It played out between here and smithville.

Another one picked up and went out in the northeast part of the county into what we call the pierce chapel area."

"up in the north part of the county we had trees all in the roads.

Some homes were damaged up that way, a lot of local flooding in the amory area and up in the smithville area and the hadley area."

"it's definitely heart-breaking.

It's a subtle reminder of what we saw several years ago in smithville and it was painful, really."

Amory city hall is currently collecting donations for the hamilton community.

The losses in monroe county are being measured tonight in sadness and memories.

One person was killed during the storm.

Tonight the victim's neighbors are mourning the loss of roy ratcliff, a man they called their friend.

Our cash matlock has more.

"a warning came over the phone, the power went off, and the house came off the blocks."

Wayne henry has lived on center hill road in hamilton for almost 30 years.

He says he's seen many storms blow through the area... but nothing compares to this one.

"every vehicle, the home, boats, everything is totally lost."

"i realize all of this stuff can be replaced, but you don't realize that until it happens.

You just think it's another day.

I was already making plans to do another job today.

Now... boy have i got a job..."

When henry and his daughter made it their friend, it was too late.

They say their neighbor was asleep in his center hill road home, when the tornado swept over, causing a tree to crash through his bedroom and onto his bed.

"real good fella, going to miss him a lot.

We could use a lot more people like that in this world."

And a few roads away on collins lane, members of the gardner family are thankful for a phone call.

"my husband and i were sleeping, and my daughter lives in steens and she called and woke us up and informed us of the tornado.

We barely had enough time to get up and get in a closet, an interior closet."

Mona gardner says it's an experience she'll never forget.

"we could hear the tornado.

We could hear the trees.

We felt them hit the house.

It was extremely nerve racking."

"i didn't know if we'd come out and there'd be a house left."

And as for the future... the folks in hamilton have a plan.

"i know from now on i'll have a storm cellar.

I really will.

I'l have me a storm cellar."

"clean up.

Recoup.

Keep praying."

The monroe county sheriff's office has issued a curfew from 8pm until 6am for hamilton and the other effected areas.

Another part of monroe county was also hit by the overnight twisters.

The oak hill community was struck by a tornado early this morning as storms moved through the area.

Although no one was hurt, trees snapped, and several homes had windows blown out, along with roof damage.

Neighbors, friends and family were on the scene quickly, helping clean all of the damage left behind.

They say they have a lot to be thankful for.

Property, like here at my brother's place, property, trees, can be replaced, but life is precious..

There was a four legged survivor.

Francis was in her kennel in the backyard, when the tornado picked it up and threw it in a nearby wooded area.

She was reportedly startled, but is now doing fine.

First look several tornadoes have been confirmed.

There was an ef-2 near hamilton and and ef-1 near greenwood springs.

Both in monroe county.

An ef-2 occurred southwest of starkville and and ef-1 brushed the msu campus.

Additional tornadoes may still be confirmed.

Sunday night: look for thinning clouds with temperatures cooling into the low 40s and 30s.

Some patchy frost is possible, especially in low lying spots.

Winds taper off during the night.

Monday: sunny and pleasant with light and variable winds the storm also came into the sourthern part of oktibbeha county, skipping across to areas close to the mississippi state people in two communities in the county spent the day cleaning up from last night's storm.

Wcbi's aundrea self talked to people who say though there is some damage to their property, they're grateful it was not worse.

"my kids called us and said you have twelve minutes.

So my husband said, 'hit the bathroom.'

Patsy prisock and her husband, john, have hit the bathroom before during a tornado warning.

This is the first time she truly felt afraid.

"we could hear the bumping and knocking and it was just; it was scary."

When the winds calmed, john prisock ventured out to do a quick check on their property in the craig spring commuity.

Initially, it appeared they had just minimal damage.

"well it's interesting.

Most of the damage occurred on the west side of the house.

And it just so happens i went out the east side first and i said, wow, this is not too bad.

But when i stepped out on the front porch and looked around.

Oh my goodness.

I didn't know what to say."

Just up the street from their house, a graveyard with topped tombstones.

People spent the morning trying to put them back in place.

And the one piece of property with no damage.

This small community chapel.

All along this road here in the craig springs community of oktibbeha county, there are uprooted trees in every direction.

There's damage to homes.

But you also see neighbors helping neighbors.

"it's just been wonderful i hope everywhere out there people have communities like we do."

And on the other side of oktibbeha county, in the hillbrook neighborhood, another couple huddled together when the tornado warning was issued.

"went to bed early last night and the wife ran into bedroom and an woke me up because she was watching tv.

Said we got to get in the hall fast and it was roaring very loud then."

The high winds uprooted trees and snapped branches throughout the neighborhood.

It even toppled this tractor.

Both couples say they know it could have been much worse.

I checked my house.

It was fine.

My neighbor's roof was damaged a little bit, but gratefully we're fine.

"blessed, very blessed."

In oktibbeha county.

Aundrea self wcbi news.

Four county crews spend the day in the both communities working to clear power lines and restore power.

Storm damage is also reported throughout webster and winston counties, knocking down trees, power- lines, and damaging roads.

Our stephanie poole witnessed the damage firsthand and has more on the story .

" it was too late we ended up in the hallway and we could feel the trailer moving and hearing it going through and the window busted out and ,uh, we just started praying we were praying that was the only thing that got us through we was praying."

The tornado swept over cheryl cook's house in webster county saturday night, throwing this large tree on top of her car.

Cook says she and her family are lucky to be alive today.

"next time we're leaving and we are finding a safe place were not ever going through another trailer again."

There are fallen trees throughout webster county,including this one that lays beside the mathiston public library and its children's park.

Over in winston county, residents are experiencing the same reality.

"we've lost two of our homes here, one across the highways from this one.

We also had some damage to our infrastructure they're repairing our power lines now.

For a short period of time hwy 25 was closed.

" this is one of the many homes the tornado left its mark on.

The homeowners are trying to clear two trees off of their home.

Winston county ema director buddy king says first responders are also working to remove trees from the roads.

Reporting in winston county, stephanie poole, wcbi news.

Webster county ema director barry rushing says they are still assessing damages.

Three people are dead after a private plane crashes in union county yesterday evening.

Union county sheriff jimmy edwards says the victims are pilot tommy nix, his wife merline nix, both of belmont and co-pilot jarrod holloway of booneville.

The plane was found near county roads 120 and 121 in the southeast part of the county.

Ema director curt clayton says the federal aviation administration is investigating the crash.

He also says the national transportation safety board will be on scene tomorrow.

The cause of the crash isn't known at this time.

A missing/endange red child alert is issued for a 12 year old from duck hill.

Mbi says dakota elliot kelly was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, a black and grey jacket, gray and black sweatpants, and dark and light blue kobe shoes.

Kelly is 5'2 and weights 140 pounds with brown eyes and short black hair.

Mbi said he may be with dallas kelly or gabriel flemming.

Dallas kelly is described as a black male, 6'3 and 240 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a red jogging suit, red hat, red sneakers and has faded tattoos on his arms. the two might be in a gray honda suv with illinois license plates.

The suv was last seen traveling west on highway 404 toward i-55.

If you have any information call the montgomery county sheriff's department .

Here's a look at some drone footage of some more heartbreaking damage from hamilton.

Stay with us.




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