On April 28, 2014, this writer published an article about a huge tornado that struck Tupelo, Mississippi on the same date. At that time it was unknown if anyone was hurt or killed by the monstrous funnel cloud that descended on the city where Elvis Presley was born.
After two days of searching and cleanup, the death count in Tupelo is listed as one; however, the death actually occurred in Verona, a city located to the south of Tupelo. From all reports, the death occurred when a woman's car hydroplaned in water dumped by the storm, causing her to loose control and crash off the roadway. There were numerous people that sustained injuries from the storm, but are expected to recover.
In a statement on NBC News, Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton said, "The tornado that struck Tupelo, Mississippi probably did tens of millions of dollars in damage — and it’s a miracle that more people didn’t die." After seeing all the videos and photos of damage to the city, this writer totally agrees with Mayor Shelton.
It has been 78 years since an April 5, 1936 tornado demolished a large section of Tupelo, leaving 216 dead and 700 injured. This storm has brought back those horrifying images to the few that witnessed it and are still living. Elvis Presley, who was born in Tupelo in 1935, was one year old when that storm struck.
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