Headline RoundupMarch 27th, 2023

Recovery Underway After Mississippi Tornadoes; Biden Approves Emergency Declaration

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Recovery efforts are underway in Mississippi after a severe tornado killed at least 25 people in the state.

The Details: Drone images show how the tornado destroyed homes and buildings in and near the town of Rolling Fork before moving northeast into Alabama, where at least one more person was reported dead. On Saturday, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) declared a state of emergency in four counties, and his request for a major disaster declaration was granted by President Joe Biden on Sunday.

Key Quotes: Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn (R) said legislators "stand ready to provide whatever monetary resources we can" to help survivors. The federal aid will include "grants for temporary housing and home repairs" and "low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses," according to the White House.

A Tornado of Rare Proportions: According to the National Weather Survey (NWS), the tornado traveled a path of 59.4 miles, and reached a max width of 3/4 of a mile with max wind speeds of 170 mph. NWS says less than 1% of tornadoes travel more than 50 miles.

How the Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum noted that because the area is relatively poor and rural, recovery efforts may be more difficult. Some left-rated sources, such as NPR (Lean Left bias), highlighted the tornado's potential connection to climate change. Others focused on ways to help survivors.

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