Mississippi residents are still recovering Monday after a series of 10 tornados ripped through the town of Hattiesburg and other nearby cities, resulting in the injury of over 60 people.
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Over 200 homes were destroyed on Sunday night as local residents shot video of a tornado that some say looked at least a mile wide. After the storm, a sense of gratitude passed around the town when it was revealed that no lives were taken.
"It came through like a freight train. I always heard it sounded like a train. It sounded like Katrina,"Charlotte Waters, who lives in a neighborhood also hit by the 2005 hurricane, told the Associated Press. "I'm blessed. At least I don't have one of those [trees] in my house."
While no lives were taken, the damage was unremarkable, according to some eyewitnesses. The storm struck close to the Southern University of Mississippi, taking down a historic Alumni building and an old dorm that was not occupied when the storm passed. A state of emergency has been declared in the area.
The 10 tornadoes that occurred in a line were in addition to another five that broke out in Alabama and a weekend of blizzards through which many East Coast residents are still attempting to break free from.
At least 10 deaths have been reported following winter storm Nemo, including the death of an 11-year-old boy in Boston who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while his father dug their car out of the snow.
Customers in eights states were still without power the Sunday after Nemo. At its peak, the snow storm took power from over 670,000 homes. Areas in Massachusetts were hit the hardest according to reports; in Cape Cod, 90 percent of homes were without electricity at some point. In some locations, over three feet of snow fell.