October 22, 2020

One man dead after tornado strikes small Mississippi town

Authorities in Mississippi have identified the man who they say was killed after a tornado struck his town.

Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley says 95-year-old Roy Ratliff died late Saturday when a tornado toppled a tree onto Ratliff’s home in the town of Hamilton.

Hamilton, Mississippi, is 140 miles (225 kilometers) southwest of Memphis, Tennessee.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that a hospital clinic, some apartments, several storage units, a mechanic’s shop and the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department all had major damage from the tornado.

Another shop and the Monroe County Morgue were destroyed.

Earlier reports of multiple fatalities in this area were apparently erroneous.