Updated Damages from Christmas Severe Weather Event

PEARL – Damage assessments continue in counties across the state hit by severe thunderstorms and tornadoes Tuesday.

Gov. Phil Bryant declared a State of Emergency on Tuesday, which allows state resources to be used throughout the impacted areas to assist local governments in responding to this disaster. MEMA Area Coordinators have deployed to the affected areas.


  • A shelter is open in Pearl River County to house those whose homes were impacted by this event. The shelter is located at 1376 McNeill Steephollow Road, Carriere.


Twelve counties have reported damages to the State Emergency Operations Center in Pearl. The damages are as follows:

  • Amite: Three homes destroyed, five major damage and two minor.
  • Forrest: Four homes destroyed and two homes minor damage. One injury.
  • George: Damage to a few homes.
  • Greene: Damage to a few homes and one public building.
  • Hinds: Damage to homes and a few injuries.
  • Jones: One home with major damage, eight homes with minor damage.
  • Lawrence: Damage to homes, damage to businesses and several injuries.
  • Monroe: Localized flooding.
  • Pearl River: Twenty homes destroyed, six homes major damage and 29 homes with minor damage. Ten injuries were reported.
  • Perry: Two homes destroyed, two with major damage and 10 with minor damage.
  • Stone: Seven homes destroyed, five homes with major damage and seven homes with minor damage.
  • Wilkinson: Two homes destroyed, four with major damage and 18 homes with minor damage. Two injuries were reported.

Updates of reported damages will be released as they become available.

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

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