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Cleanup Begins In Tornado Ravaged Area

(Madison-AP) -- Residents sifted through rubble for photographs and other valuables Sunday in Madison, some 24 hours after waking to the tremendous damage of an F-4 tornado.

Smiling as he sifted through his home's rubble, David Dykes said he found his wedding ring Sunday, buried in four feet of debris in his neighbor's yard. Dykes considered it a miracle his family, and most of his neighbors, were even alive.

The massive twister was part of storm system that killed five and injured 112 in Mississippi. Four each in Alabama and Arkansas were also killed by the storms. 87 homes were destroyed in the state.

Madison County Sheriff Troy Trowbridge said many people were away for the Thanksgiving holiday. He also said a nearby warning siren saved lives.

Two deaths were attributed to the Madison tornado. Two people also died from storm related injuries near Sledge in the Mississippi Delta. Another death was recorded in Panola County.

Gov. Ronnie Musgrove said Sunday he was impressed how swiftly neighbors, friends and emergency workers responded to the disaster.

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials were expected in Mississippi Sunday and are to survey the damage Monday.

Musgrove said he would request federal assistance from President Bush Tuesday.

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