Transcript for Tornado Rips Through Mississippi and the South
bush in a moment. First, this from Columbia, Mississippi, a ambulance overturned. And this after a storm swept through the area. We want to get to Matt Gutman in Columbia, Mississippi, with the very latest. Good morning, Matt. Good morning, Lara. Even in the darkness, you can get a sense of the scale of the devastation. This was the interior of a tire shop. The whole store was pushed back into the woods. Guts of the shop were flung right up into the woods right there. It came so quickly, it didn't give some people time to seek shelter. Wow. Reporter: A series of tornados slashing into Mississippi's pine belt late Tuesday, leaving four people dead in the mounds of debris, dozens reported hurt. We were trying to outrun this monster storm. It shook us like a rag doll. Reporter: In Marion county, Mississippi, a tornado shredding this strip mall. Inside her nail salon, young mother amber was killed. And at this Walmart, last minute holiday shoppers scrambling when the roof blew off, trapping people inside, and the cars in the parking lot sent flying. This sledgehammer turning this body shop into a lump of twisted siding. This is what it looked like yesterday. Tornados so powerful they flipped cars, even this ambulance. Ripping the roof off a day care, all the children accounted for. Raining on roads, severing power lines and causing epic traffic jams. Causing the governor to declais Claire a state of emergency in two counties. Looked out in the yard, things were flying everywhere. Shingles flying off the house. Reporter: And tornados in Louisiana and Georgia. In Louisiana, nearly two dozen homes damaged. These trailers flattened like card board boxes. It really came so thatfast. That's the big surprise. How quick it hit. Reporter: And pummelled by golf ball size hail. And flash flooding in Tallahassee, 7 inches of rain piling up, making it the wettest day on record. Fire fighters forced to rescue this stranded driver from a sinking car. Now you mentioned, Lara, that ambulance at the start of the piece. We found it and asked authorities how it got here. They said they didn't know. Already we have been hearing the sound of buzz saws cutting through trees. Linesmen are out and about trying to restore power. But clearly because of this destruction it's going to take a long time to clean this place up. The good news, however, is that the worst of this weather has passed. Lara, George. And that is great news. All right, Matt. And right to rob Marciano for more on the severe storms. Good morning. Yesterday, clearly a volatile and dangerous day. 11 reports of tornados, most aren't the cell in Mississippi. All in all, 57 reports of wind, hail and tornados across the deep south. And pushing to the east, a tornado watch out for northern Florida, southern Georgia and into the Carolinas. That's in effect until 2:00 P.M. Eastern. And the threat through the Carolinas, and Ohio. A very large storm encompassing the states east of the Mississippi. We push the rain and the wind to the northeast. It's heavy at times. A difficult travel day, no doubt. And the backside will bring in colder air that will bring in snow. A couple of inches from Chicago in through lower Michigan.
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