PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received a report of one death and at least five injures from severe storms and a tornado that moved through Kemper County earlier this afternoon.
Seven counties have submitted damage reports to the State Emergency Operations Center in Pearl. The reports are as follows:
- Clarke: One home major damage, one home with minor damage.
- Clay: Trees down in the Cedar Bluff Community. Minor roof damage to a few homes.
- Forrest: At least one home damaged. Minor damage to a fire station.
- Harrison County: Trees down throughout the county. Minor street flooding.
- Kemper: One death and five injuries. Several home and at least one business damaged.
- Noxubee: Trees and power lines down in the Shuqulak and Macon areas.
- Quitman: Several buildings damaged and roads closed near Marks.
4-County Electric Power Association is reporting 2,900 members without power, primarily in Noxubee County.
First United Methodist Church in Macon will begin feeding operations beginning at 9 p.m. tonight at 104 Jefferson St., Macon.
Damage assessment in these and other counties affected by today’s severe weather are ongoing. MEMA will update these damages are reports are received.
MEMA Director Robert Latham is in Noxubee County assisting the local response efforts and coordinating state assets deployed to support the local governments. MEMA has deployed a mobile communications trailer to Noxubee County in support of emergency operations in the affected areas. Three MEMA Area Coordinators and a Public Information Officer are also assisting local emergency managers in Kemper and Noxubee counties.
Earlier this evening Gov. Phil Bryant declared a State of Emergency in Kemper and Noxubee counties.
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