4 dead after more storms sweep state

By ERIK SCHELZIG – Associated Press

ASHLAND, Miss.

Little is left intact at the mobile home where two people were killed when a tornado flung the structure some 75 feet from its base into a tree, smashing the trailer apart.

Three people were inside. Latoya Long, 25, and Thomas Cowan, 26, were killed. Cowan’s father, Ted, was hospitalized in stable condition, relatives said. A kitchen sink, furniture and insulation were piled in a heap a few feet from the home’s remnants.

“It’s hard to imagine he could survive. It’s a blessing,” said Shemeka Judge, referring to her cousin, Ted Cowan.

The weather was blamed for two other deaths: one in Lafayette County and another in Corinth, where a man died after driving his car into flood waters.

The system, packing high winds and heavy rain, developed across Mississippi and moved into Tennessee Sunday, where at least seven people were killed. For Mississippi, it’s the second wave of deadly weather in a week’s time. A monster tornado cut a 149-mile swath through the central part of the state April 24, killing 10.

National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Sniezak said two tornadoes were spawned by a supercell thunderstorm. He said NWS assessments show a tornado hit Ashland and another twister struck Lafayette County.

For Mississippi, it was the second deadly hit in a week’s time. Ten people were killed when a killer tornado cut a 149-mile swath through the central part of the state on April 24.

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/05/02/2147372/4-dead-after-more-storms-sweep.html#ixzz0msEoXAqe

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