Updated Severe Weather Damage Reports: Noon

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has confirmed four deaths and more than 20 injuries from severe weather that struck south Mississippi Saturday morning.

There is extensive damage from a tornado in Forrest County in and around the cities of Hattiesburg and Petal.

Gov. Phil Bryant has authorized a State of Emergency to provide state resources.

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated with MEMA and key state agencies coordinating resources to the affected areas.

Search and Rescue:

Two state search and rescue teams, Mississippi Task Force Two and Three have been deployed to Forrest County.

MS Department of Public Safety:

  • 28 troopers have deployed to assist the Hattiesburg Police Department and Forrest County with search and rescue and traffic control.

MS Department of Transportation:

  • Highway 43 in Marion County is closed due to flooding. All other major state roadways are open.
  • There are power lines and debris over a large area so the public is asked to avoid travelling.
  • Eight MDOT Law Enforcement Officers have been deployed to assist the Hattiesburg Police Department

Salvation Army:

  • Three Canteen Units have been deployed to assist in the Hattiesburg area.

MS Department of Health:

  • Coordinating additional ambulance services to Hattiesburg and other affected areas.

MS Department of Human Services:

  • Supervising shelter operations with American Red Cross

Shelter open:

  • Forrest County Multipurpose Center, 962 Sullivan Drive, Hattiesburg.

MS National Guard:

  • Conducting aerial damage assessments.
  • Providing equipment from Camp Shelby for debris removal.

Power Outages:

  • There are more than 16,000 customers without power statewide.

Preliminary damage reports by county:

Forrest:

  • Four deaths, more than 20 injuries.
  • Numerous homes damaged in cities of Hattiesburg and Petal.
  • Fire Dept. in Petal damaged.
  • William Carey College damaged.
  • Numerous injuries reported
  • State’s search and rescue team deployed
  • Salvation Army building damaged
  • Multiple injuries reported

Jones

  • Multiple homes damaged, one injury reported.
  • Trees and power lines down.

Lamar:

  • Numerous homes damaged.

Perry:

  • Homes damaged.

Damage assessments are ongoing by county and city officials.

MEMA will provide updates as information becomes available. The best way to get up-to-date information during this event is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter @msema.

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