VIDEO: A tornado and a strong storm leveled a city in Mississippi, at least 23 people died

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At least 23 people died and several dozen were injured in the tornado and the strong thunderstorm that hit part of the US federal state of Mississippi last night, the state emergency agency said, and reported that the tornado caused material damage in an area longer than 160 km.

Four people are missing and search and rescue teams are searching for survivors after a storm hit the Siever City area in western Mississippi, the state Emergency Management Agency said.

"Unfortunately, we expect these numbers to change, they announced," referring to the death toll.

CNN reports that search and rescue teams were also in Rolling Fork, the town hardest hit by the tornado.

- I've never seen anything like this before, Brandy Shooa told CNN. "This was a nice little town, and now it's gone."

Storm chasers sent at least 24 tornado reports to the National Weather Service overnight.

Photos posted on social media showed collapsed buildings and cars overturned on their sides, as well as groups of people trying to get out of the rubble.

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