Death tolls rises to 10 in Winston County
Friday, May 2, 2014 5:00 AM
The death toll has risen to 10 in Winston County in wake of the EF-4 tornado which devastated the area Monday afternoon. The latest victim was found Thursday afternoon.
The body of Tyler Tucker, 8, was found 200 yards north of where the body of his mother, Terri Tucker, 31, was found on Tuesday in a wooded area hundreds of yards from their Louisville home which was destroyed by the tornado.
At least eight other people were confirmed dead in Winston County by MEMA and many others injured.
Other Winston County victims of the storm:
Katherine Ferguson, 55: found in the rural community of Plattsburg southwest of Louisville.
Ruth Bennett, 53: died at the daycare center she operated at Louisville, Ruth's Child Care Center.
Dora Triplett, 64: found on Eiland Avenue in Louisville.
Gregory Jernigan, 60: found at the Eiland Plaza Apartments in Louisville.
Sarah Massey, 85: found in Louisville.
Jerry Carter, 61: found injured on Eiland Avenue and died later at the University Medical Center in Jackson.
Leonard Carter, 38: found at the Eiland Plaza Apartments in Louisville.
Sean Fowler, 44: found blown into a wooded area hundreds of yards from his Louisville home which was destroyed by the tornado.
Those that died in other areas include: Cassandra Blansett, 39, Lee County; Sharon Pell, 49, Richland; Nicky Lee Painter, 56, Greenville; John Servati, 21, Tuscaloosa; and Ricky Oliver, Hamilton, Ala.
Meanwhile, volunteers are still needed to help with the recovery efforts. They are asked to check in at the Louisville Coliseum at 201 Ivy Ave. between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Officials asked that volunteers not self deploy.
Also there is a great needed for toiletry items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, etc. along with non-perishables and finger snacks. In addition, such things as laundry detergent, paper towels, plates and cups, work gloves, tarps, plastic binds, boxes, sunscreen, hand sanitizer and batteries are needed.
Clothes, furniture and appliances are not needed.
For more information contact numbers: 662-803-5295 or 662-803-5288. The number at the Louisville Coliseum is: (662) 773-7896.
Five neighborhoods were destroyed and the county hospital took a direct hit.
Many of the injured were brought by ambulance to Neshoba County General Hospital and emergency responders from here were among the first on the scene there.
Philadelphia Fire Chief Pierce Clark and up to 20 other firefighters, as well as volunteers from the county, assisted with neighborhood-to-neighborhood searches in Louisville and rural Winston County.
"It is emotional, but we're going to come together," Louisville Mayor Will Hill told National Public Radio on Tuesday. "We've already come together, so we've proven that. It's a wonderful place to live, and that's why I'm so proud to serve as mayor. We're going to get through this. I've had some emotional moments, but it's time to get in there, get the work done and take care of our neighbors."
The tornado tracked through the extreme northwest section of Neshoba County, downing trees and damaging several structures before moving into Winston.
Multiple volunteer fire departments from Neshoba County responded to Winston County shortly after the tornado struck about 4 p.m. Firefighters from Philadelphia Fire Department and Rescue 1 responded along with four Neshoba EMS crews, Central Electric Power Association, Choctaw Fire Department and Philadelphia Utilities.
Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell sent three deputies to patrol for looters in Louisville.
The Neshoba County Board of Supervisors declared a state of emergency Tuesday morning in a special meeting.
City, county and Tribal schools dismissed early Monday and Tuesday because of the threat of severe weather.
Winston County Medical Center was evacuated after it was hit by the tornado. University of Mississippi Medical Center, in coordination with the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, sent an eight-bed mobile field unit hospital to Louisville and several teams to help local responders assess, triage and treat patients.
- The Associated Press contributed to this story