Updated Severe Weather Damage Reports: 10 a.m.

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has confirmed three deaths and more than 20 injuries from severe weather that struck south Mississippi Saturday morning.

There is extensive damage from a tornado in Forrest County in and around the cities of Hattiesburg and Petal.

 Gov. Phil Bryant has authorized a State of Emergency to provide state resources.

 The State Emergency Operations Center is activated with MEMA and key state agencies coordinating resources to the affected areas.

 Search and Rescue:

Two state search and rescue teams, Mississippi Task Force Two and Three have been deployed to Forrest County.

MS Department of Public Safety:

  • 28 troopers have deployed to assist the Hattiesburg Police Department and Forrest County with search and rescue and traffic control.

MS Department of Transportation:

·       Highway 43 in Marion County is closed due to flooding.  All other major state roadways are open.

·       There are power lines and debris over a large area so the public is asked to avoid travelling.

  • Eight MDOT Law Enforcement Officers have been deployed to assist the Hattiesburg Police Department

Salvation Army:

  • Three Canteen Units have been deployed to assist in the Hattiesburg area.

MS Department of Health:

  • Coordinating additional ambulance services to Hattiesburg and other affected areas. 

MS Department of Human Services:

  • Supervising shelter operations with American Red Cross

Shelter open:

·       Forrest County Multipurpose Center, 962 Sullivan Drive, Hattiesburg.

MS National Guard:

·       Conducting aerial damage assessments.

·       Providing equipment from Camp Shelby for debris removal.

Power Outages:

There are more than 16,000 customers without power statewide.

Preliminary damage reports by county: 


·       Numerous homes damaged in cities of Hattiesburg and Petal.

·       Fire Dept. in Petal damaged.

·       William Carey College damaged.

·       Numerous injuries reported

·       State’s search and rescue team deployed

·       Salvation Army building damaged

·       Multiple injuries reported 


·       Multiple homes damaged, one injury reported.

·       Trees and power lines down.


·       Numerous homes damaged.


·       Homes damaged.

Damage assessments are ongoing by county and city officials. 

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