PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has been notified of a third death from Saturday’s storm system. A woman died of injuries sustained in an accident where a car struck a downed tree on a county road in Jasper County. The victim’s husband died in the same accident Saturday night. The third death was a man in Coahoma County who died when a tornado hit a mobile home.
“Mississippi mourns the losses of those who died in this storm,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “Deborah and I are praying for their families during this difficult time.”
The National Weather Service offices in Jackson and Memphis have confirmed five tornadoes in Mississippi:
- EF-2 in Coahoma County through Rena Lara.
- EF-1 in Tate County through Senatobia.
- EF-2 in SW Bolivar County.
- EF-0 in Warren County.
- EF-0 in Hinds County.
There are 16 homes, two schools, six businesses and nine agricultural buildings reported to be destroyed or suffering major damage. Damage assessments are still ongoing by county emergency managers.
The counties reporting damages are as follows:
- Adams: Numerous trees down and power outages.
- Bolivar: Two homes destroyed/major damage and 11 minor. One agricultural building destroyed and one minor.
- Clarke: Lightning strike causing natural gas leak, situation cleared.
- Coahoma: Major damage to 12 homes and two school buildings. Minor damage to 50 homes. One death and at least one injury.
- Desoto: Damage to homes. Trees down and power outages.
- Jasper: Two deaths and one injury reported from vehicles hitting downed tree.
- Lafayette: Trees and power lines down.
- Marshall: Six homes and two businesses with minor damage. One injury.
- Panola: One home with major damage and five minor. Two agricultural buildings destroyed.
- Perry: One mobile home with major damage.
- Quitman: Reports of one injury and damage to several homes.
- Tate: Eight mobile homes destroyed/major damage and six with minor damage. Three businesses with major damage. Seven agricultural buildings destroyed/major damage.
- Tishomingo: One business destroyed.
- Tunica: Three homes destroyed/major damage and eight with minor damage. Two businesses destroyed/major damage. One agricultural building destroyed. One injury.
- Union: Two homes with major damage.
The Mississippi Department of Education Crisis Response Team is assisting with damage assessments at the schools in Coahoma County.