Donations accepted after weekend storms in Monroe County

Saturday's tornado in Hamilton killed a 95-year-old man and injured several others.

Posted: Apr. 15, 2019 11:45 AM
Updated: Apr. 22, 2019 1:25 PM

HAMILTON, Miss. (WTVA) - The cleanup process continued after tornadoes stormed through Monroe County during the weekend killing one person.

According to the National Weather Service, an EF-2 tornado occurred at approximately 11 p.m. Saturday near Hamilton.


Roy Ratliff, 95, died when a tree fell on his home on Center Hill Road in Hamilton.

The tornado destroyed the fire station in Hamilton.

Roy Ratliff, 95, was the lone fatality.

An EF-2 rating designates tornadoes with wind speeds of 111-135 mph. The Hamilton tornado reached an estimated peak wind speed of 130 mph.

The following morning, Hamilton firefighters saw the extent of the storm that destroyed their fire department.

RELATED: Tornado destroys only fire department in Mississippi community

Gov. Phil Bryant later declared a State of Emergency and visited Hamilton Monday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, a second tornado occurred in northeast Monroe County, from west of Greenwood Springs to near the Itawamba County line. 

At least EF-1 damage was reported with that tornado.

What kind of donations are needed?

- Water

- Cleaning supplies

- Gift cards

- Toiletries

- Clothes

- Medical supplies, etc. 

Several churches in Hamilton worked together to provide meals to people who were affected during the storm. 

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