PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of injuries and storm damage in three counties as a result of the severe weather that is moving through the state. An apparent tornado touched down in Covington County, north of the City of Collins, around 2 a.m. Seven minor injuries are being reported. Crews are cutting through trees as damage is being assessed.

A shelter is open at the Covington County Multipurpose Center, 68 Collins Industrial Park Drive in Collins.

In Yazoo County, there is an ongoing search for a 9-year-old girl believed to have been swept away by flash flood waters.

MEMA area coordinators are in contact with all affected county emergency managers ready to assist with any resources.

The counties reporting damages are as follows:

  • Covington: Damage to several homes. Seven minor injuries.
  • Neshoba: Wind damage to several homes.
  • Yazoo: Flooding to homes and businesses. One child missing.

Damage assessments are ongoing. Damage report updates will be released as they become available.

The National Weather Service says strong storms will continue moving through central and southern Mississippi throughout the morning. Flooding, flash flooding, strong winds and tornadoes are still possible.

Residents should continue monitoring their local media, social media or other technology for current weather conditions.

MEMA urges the public to report damages to your local Emergency Management Agency. For a list of contact numbers for your county, visit

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