PHOTOS: 8 killed after tornadoes tear through Louisiana, Virginia
By By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
February 26, 2016, 8:03:28 PM EST
At least eight people were killed during a two-day tornado outbreak in the southern and mid-Atlantic U.S.
Four of those people were killed on Wednesday after tornadoes hit Waverly and Evergreen, Virginia, officials said. More than 22 people were injured.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency as a result of the severe weather. The Virginia National Guard was called out to help with relief efforts.
A tornado tore through a mobile home complex in Louisiana on Tuesday, killing two and destroying more than 100 structures. At least 30 injuries were reported at the Sugar Hill RV Park in Convent, Louisiana, about 50 miles west of New Orleans.
The complex was turned into a heap of metal and debris after the tornado swept through the area. The American Red Cross opened a nearby emergency shelter to assist those in need.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards visited the park on Friday night to offer sympathy to those affected.
“I ask all Louisianans to pray for the victims of the terrible storms that touched down in Louisiana today and especially at the Sugar Hill RV Park in Convent,” he said.
Gov. Edwards declared a state of emergency in seven parishes affected by the severe storms.
More than two dozen tornadoes were reported across the Southeast on Tuesday. Numerous other structures in the region were damaged or destroyed, including an apartment complex in Pensacola, Florida.
A tornado with an estimated 2-mile path nearly demolished the Mooring Apartment complex in Pensacola, Florida, on Tuesday night.
Twenty-four units were destroyed, according to local officials, and another six sustained minor damage. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
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One fatality was reported in Mississippi, while a South Carolina man was killed by a falling tree, the Associated Press reported.
"There was a lot of energy with this system that brought the severe weather into the Gulf Coast," AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Spamer said.
"The collision of the cool air diving down into the Plains and the warm Gulf air made for a springlike system, a setup more akin to larger systems that hit in March and April," she said.
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