UPDATED DAMAGE REPORTS FROM TORNADOES AND SEVERE WEATHER

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of at least 800 homes destroyed or receiving major damage from severe storms and tornadoes Sunday night.  Power companies report outages are down to 350 customers.

Three shelters are open for affected residents:

  • Forrest County Community 361 Shelter on U.S. 49 South in Hattiesburg.
  • Lamar County Multipurpose Center at 99 Central Industrial Rd. in Purvis.
  • Petal Civic Center at 712 South Main Street in Petal.

Tomorrow joint damage assessments will begin with MEMA, FEMA, local officials and members of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The results of those assessments will be used to determine if Mississippi is eligible for federal assistance.

The National Weather Service in Jackson has confirmed an EF1 tornado with 95mph winds occurred Sunday afternoon in Lawrence County. It struck the Arm community, snapping and uprooting dozens of trees. It also caused some minor roof damage. It was about 140 yards wide and on the ground for about 1.6 miles. This tornado is in addition to the EF-4 confirmed in Lamar/Forrest Counties and the EF-3 in Marion County.

People interested in volunteering to assist with the clean-up are encouraged to sign up with the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service at www.volunteermississippi.org or by calling 1-888-353-1793.

A list of counties with damages:

Claiborne:

  • Several roads flooded.

Forrest County:

  • Reporting 192 homes destroyed, 338 with major damage with assessments still ongoing.

Hinds County:

  • Several homes flooded.  Trees down.

Humphreys County:

  • At least one home and horse arena damaged.

Lamar County:

  • Reporting 58 homes destroyed and 194 with major damage.

Lawrence County:

  • Several homes damaged.

Marion County:

  • Eleven homes destroyed, four with major damage.

Perry County:

  • Several homes damaged. Three roads closed due to debris and flooding.

Warren County:

  • Trees down and flooding on multiple streets.

Wayne County:

  • Four homes destroyed and six with major damage.
  • Two bridges and two roads sustained major damage.

Yazoo County:

  • Trees down and flooding on multiple streets.

State and local emergency officials remain on the ground in impacted areas. MEMA will report updates as they are available.

The public is encouraged to follow MEMA on Twitter and Facebook for information.

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