MISSISSIPPI - The death toll is rising and dozens are injured after a massive tornado rips apart a Mississippi town. An area known for cotton, catfish and blues music can now add "utter obliteration" to its description. That's how Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is describing what happened to parts of Yazoo County Saturday.
The death toll now stands at 10. Yazoo City, which is about 40 miles north of Jackson, was the hardest hit. The debris so bad is some areas, rescuers were forced to pick up the injured on all-terrain vehicles. Rob saxton drove right into the path of the storm, and tonight, he's thankful to be alive.
"When we got to the red light up there, the windows exploded," Saxton said. "We were to find ourselves in the middle of the storm and glass was going everywhere, she panicked and was trying out get over here. About that time the car just picked up, turned sideways slung us across the intersection there and by the time we hit the ground, I turned the steering wheel and told her to give it gas."
According to the National Weather Service, that storm system is expected to pass through North Florida Sunday. It could bring strong, damaging winds, hail and the potential for a tornado. The worst of it will likely pass through in the early to mid-afternoon.