DISASTERS

1 year later: Rebuilding from string of strong tornados that devastated parts of Mississippi

  • In this April 22, 2015 photograph, Ryan Blackwell, 3, plays on the yet-to-be developed front yard of his new house in Louisville, Miss., as the community marks the first anniversary of an April 28, 2014, tornado system that killed 10 people in Louisville and surrounding areas, and destroyed 391 buildings. Blackwell's family house, which was destroyed by the tornado, was a couple of houses down from this newly-constructed house. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    In this April 22, 2015 photograph, Ryan Blackwell, 3, plays on the yet-to-be developed front yard of his new house in Louisville, Miss., as the community marks the first anniversary of an April 28, 2014, tornado system that killed 10 people in Louisville and surrounding areas, and destroyed 391 buildings. Blackwell's family house, which was destroyed by the tornado, was a couple of houses down from this newly-constructed house. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this April 22, 2015 photograph, traffic rolls past the new addition at Memorial Park Cemetery in Louisville, Miss. The addition, which will feature flag displays, granite benches, trees and a flower garden, will be dedicated to the lives lost in the April 28, 2014, tornado. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    In this April 22, 2015 photograph, traffic rolls past the new addition at Memorial Park Cemetery in Louisville, Miss. The addition, which will feature flag displays, granite benches, trees and a flower garden, will be dedicated to the lives lost in the April 28, 2014, tornado. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this May 4, 2014, file photograph, Calvary Apostolic Church trustee Robert Brown recalls seeing the tornado that leveled his church as it hovered over the south Louisville, Miss., neighborhood on April 28, 2014. An aggressive rebuilding program is helping Calvary Apostolic recover a fellowship hall and church that were destroyed by the twister that also destroyed more than 300 buildings as it ripped through the east Mississippi community and damaged the homes of many of the church's members. Recovery continues as the community enters the first anniversary of the disaster. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

    In this May 4, 2014, file photograph, Calvary Apostolic Church trustee Robert Brown recalls seeing the tornado that leveled his church as it hovered over the south Louisville, Miss., neighborhood on April 28, 2014. An aggressive rebuilding program is helping Calvary Apostolic recover a fellowship hall and church that were destroyed by the twister that also destroyed more than 300 buildings as it ripped through the east Mississippi community and damaged the homes of many of the church's members. Recovery continues as the community enters the first anniversary of the disaster. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)  (The Associated Press)

One year ago, an outbreak of 23 tornados devastated parts of Mississippi, killing 14 people and destroying hundreds of buildings.

In Tupelo, a storm hit hard in neighborhoods and a commercial district. But the most powerful twister was in less-populous Winston County. There, a storm with winds reaching an estimated 185 mph ripped diagonally across the county on April 28, 2014.

The storm killed 10 people in Louisville and surrounding areas, destroying 391 buildings. Four others died in traffic accidents elsewhere.

Today, Louisville continues to rebuild. A new plywood mill is going up, and there are plans for a replacement for Winston County Hospital.

Residents also are trying to get their lives back in order. Emily Eaves was at home when the tornado hit and damaged the roof, causing water damage as it destroyed houses across the street.

Eaves repaired her home and is selling it. She's buying a rebuilt home across the street and plans to renovate a third house nearby.

On Tuesday, the community pauses to remember those it lost. Gov. Phil Bryant and community leaders are dedicating a memorial that includes 10 trees, granite benches, and a marker with the names of victims. A sunflower garden is planned in memory of Tyler Tucker, the youngest victim of the storm. He was found three days later, blown more than 600 yards from his home. His parents, Terri Tucker and Shawn Fowler, also died.