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20/20’s David Muir receives support from ABC colleagues as he honors Mississippi tornado storm survivors

It comes as a 'catastrophic' tornado has moved throughArkansas


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Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca Lewis - Los Angeles
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March 31, 2023
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20/20’s David Muir has received support from his ABC colleagues after sharing details of the aftermath of the tornado that recently hit Mississippi. 

David visited the area of Rolling Fork, a city and county seat of Sharkey County, Mississippi, which was hit by deadly storms, and met a local called Erwin Macon who told David: "I'm still smiling a little, because I’m still here. Despite losing that stuff, I’m still here."

"I won’t forget Erwin Macon and his suitcase," David captioned a picture iif Erwin with his suitcase of final belongings, walking through the devastated neighborhood. "Let’s not forget the need in Rolling Fork, Mississippi and beyond. @americanredcross is on the ground. @abcworldnewstonight," he added.

David Muir shares pictures of Erwin Macon, survivor of Mississippi tornadoes© David Muir
David Muir shares pictures of Erwin Macon, survivor of Mississippi tornadoes

ABC's Ginger Zee commented: "Agree - let’s not forget them - it takes years. Thank you for this post."

David visited Mississippi in the days after the storms, which saw 21 tornadoes touch down in the state. Covering the devastation caused by the natural disasters for ABC News, he shared a photograph that saw him touching down in Jackson, Mississippi on March 28.

David Muir shares pictures of Erwin Macon, survivor of Mississippi tornadoes© David Muir
David Muir shares pictures of Erwin Macon, survivor of Mississippi tornadoes

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He provided another chilling glimpse of his reporting with a black and white snap of a sign that read "Yall be strong" surrounded by debris.

David reported from Rolling Fork, and the 49-year-old provided a glimpse of the way the people of the town were recovering, speaking with a few of them for the news show.

David Muir poses in snglasses for picture © David Muir
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President Biden revealed on Friday, after visiting the area, that the administration will cover the full cost of the state’s emergency response. The announcement means the federal government will assume the full cost of operating shelters, paying overtime to first responders and removing debris. 

The news comes as a "catastrophic" tornado has moved through the metro area of Little Rock, Arkansas. The National Weather Service says it marks the beginning of a significant tornado outbreak underway in the southern states.

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