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Additional Troops Deploy for Tornadoes

Three more Southern states activate Guard Soldiers to assist local authorities
Arkansas National Guard Soldiers from the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assist a family in Mayflower, AR, salvage precious heirlooms from the debris on April 28. Photo by MAJ Matt Snead
Arkansas National Guard Soldiers from the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assist a family in Mayflower, AR, salvage precious heirlooms from the debris on April 28. Photo by MAJ Matt Snead

After fatal tornadoes swept through the Midwest and South over the weekend, additional twisters struck more Southern states on Monday, triggering emergency declarations. 

The Mississippi National Guard deployed 100 Soldiers who are assisting local authorities with search and rescue, security checkpoints, and presence patrols. On Tuesday, Soldiers there were expected to help assess damage using UH-72 Lakota helicopters and a C-26 aircraft. 

In Tennessee, where a tornado touched down near Fayetteville, 20 Army National Guard personnel who were on Annual Training were assigned to assist. 

In Alabama, Gov. Robert Bentley mobilized 100 National Guard members for standby in case they're needed because of severe weather.

On Sunday, tornadoes killed at least 18 people and affected many states in the Midwest and South. Roughly 60 Arkansas National Guard troops have been activated to help in Vilonia and Mayflower, which suffered major damage.