PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of damage from seven counties as a result of severe weather that moved through the state this evening.

No fatalities have been reported.

The state has deployed a mobile communications trailer and is establishing a command center in Lamar County to assist local emergency responders.

Gov. Phil Bryant declared a State of Emergency for counties affected by today’s severe weather. The State of Emergency allows for the use of state resources and assets to support local governments in their response efforts.

The state has also deployed following resources:
• One State Emergency Response Team consisting of four emergency management officials.
• One light plant to Marion County. This equipment can light an area the size of a football field.
• MEMA Area Coordinators have deployed to affected areas to support local emergency response efforts.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will deploy 20 troopers at 6 a.m. on Monday to assist the Hattiesburg Police Department with law enforcement and emergency response efforts.

Counties are reporting the following impacts:

Forrest County
• Numerous homes, businesses and public buildings sustained significant damage.
• Hardy Street is closed from 40th Ave. to U.S. 49 in both directions.
• Sections of Mobile Street, Park Street and Main Street are closed.
• Several roads are closed due to downed trees and power lines.
• Ten injuries have been reported.
• Numerous power outages.

A shelter has opened at the Forrest County Community 361 Shelter on U.S. 49 South. Another shelter is open in Petal at the Petal Civic Center 712 South Main Street, Petal. The Ben McNair Recreational Center at 300 North 12th Ave. is open for people who cannot get to another shelter because of road closures.

Numerous schools are reporting closings for Monday. Stay tuned to local media for information about specific schools.

Damage assessments will begin at sunrise on Monday morning.

Lamar County
• Shelter open at Lamar County Multipurpose Center: 99 Central Industrial Rd.; Purvis, Miss.
• Reports of damage in multiple locations, including Oak Grove and the Lake Serene neighborhood.
• Two critical injuries reported. Additional injuries also reported.
• Power outages reported and some power lines down.

Lawrence County
• Injuries reported.
• Some damage reported.

Marion County
• A few injuries reported.
• Several homes reported destroyed and several reported damaged.

Warren County
• Trees down.
• Flooding on multiple streets.

Wayne County
• Impacts reported in Clara and Progress communities.

Yazoo County
• Trees down.
• 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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