Tornado Rips Apart Homes in George County

Officials from the Mississippi Emergency Management agency surveyed the damage on the Coast and in George County Tuesday. At least 18 houses were destroyed by a tornado and another 50 were damaged.

The tornado destroyed two homes on Twin Creeks road just off Highway 63. The entire Waltman family was inside when the tornado picked up their mobile home and threw it upside down more than 50 feet way from its foundation. The same tornado ripped the roof off a house just one door down. More mobile homes were damaged a few miles away on In Beach and Fig Farm road in Lucedale. Despite all of the damage, no one was seriously injured.

The governor declared a state of emergency in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, Pearl River, George, Lamar and Forrest counties Monday afternoon. While surveying the damage in George County this morning, Mississippi's Emergency Management director said he doesn't believe there's enough damage to qualify for federal funding, but Robert Latham says some residents can benefit from state assistance. To find out if you qualify call 1-800-434-4243.