Dozens of tornadoes have struck communities in the Southeast Unites States this weekend. The hardest hit is Yazoo City, Mississippi. That’s where Francine Cox is trying to get her life back together, but well-wishers keep reminding her how much she has lost.
'What else can you do? Everyone keeps mentioning it, you gonna cry." , Francine told us.
Cox lost her business when a twister hit Yazoo City, .where more than 300 homes and buildings were damaged . Powerful tornadoes also touched down in Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama. At least a dozen people were killed. Describing the aftermath of the natz twister, Francine Cox told us, "You never think it's going to happen to you. Maybe it was time for me to retire. I'm 62 years old."
The National Weather Service estimates that winds hit in Yazoo City reached 160 miles an hour.
"We are just trying to make it", says Ashley Saxton, another tornado victim. Ashley Saxton lost her cousin.....her business and her home. She feels lucky to be alive. Rob Saxton, Ashley's Husband, tells the story: "I WENT TO THE DOOR TO GO INTO THE RESTAURANT AND I DIDN'T SEE HER. THE WIND HAD LITERALLY PICKED HER UP AND I GRABBED HER I HAD TO SNATCH HER TO GET INTO THE RESTAURANT." (natz)
The National Guard is helping residents with the cleanup...and federal inspectors are beginning to survey the damage. It is the first step toward a Presidential disaster declaration...and the federal funds that come with it.
For more information on federal disaster declarations, see fema.gov.