Beginning on March 24, a four-day severe weather and tornado outbreak impacted the Southeastern United States. The outbreak began in the morning with two EF1 tornadoes causing injuries in Texas before more significant tornadoes impacted Mississippi that night. One long-tracked and violent EF4 tornado prompted a tornado emergency for Rolling Fork and Silver City, causing major damage in both communities, with widespread catastrophic damage occurring throughout much of Rolling Fork. A total of 16 people were killed by the Rolling Fork tornado. Another intense tornado from the same storm prompted another tornado emergency as it struck Winona, three people were killed by this EF3 tornado. Another destructive EF3 tornado from the same storm also caused major damage near or in the communities of Egypt, New Wren, and Amory, resulting in major damage and two fatalities. More tornadoes
touched down in Arkansas, Alabama, Missouri and Tennessee later that night and into the early morning hours of March 25, including an EF2 tornado that caused damage in Fayetteville, Tennessee and another EF2 tornado that killed one person in Hartselle, Alabama early on March 25. From March 26 into March 27, the slow-moving storm system completely stalled out, and more severe weather occurred over the next two days as well, producing several additional tornadoes, including an EF3 tornado that struck West Point, Georgia on March 26, causing major damage to trees and houses and injuring five people. A total of 64 tornadoes were confirmed as a result of this outbreak, which killed 26 people and injured many others.
27 March 2023 – Our team comprised of Merit Draven(Operations Lead), Rob Tucker(arborist/team lead), Hap Flynn(team lead, sawyer), Elizabeth Barnhisel(safety, social media), Warren Causey and his volunteer group of the Siren Project from Woodstock, GA. ROWW will assess dangerous
trees and impeding debris and removing them to allow safe access to homes and roadways. The skid steer will remove the debris, logs and brush to the edge of the county road for pick up. After the lot has been cleared of all trees, debris and brush, a volunteer group will then pick up the rest of the debris by hand rendering the property ready for utilities to be installed and begin the rebuilding process. Homeowners can save $10K-40k in costs for clearing a lot from our volunteers completing the work which allow the homeowners access back onto their property to
safely proceed with rebuilding. During the deployment to Amory, MS another series of tornadoes touched down throughout the South East. After a week on the ground in Amory, MS, Team ROWW redirected relief efforts in Little Rock, Arkansas for another week.