Winter Storm/Severe Weather Updates Jan. 22, 2016

The Mississippi State Emergency Operations Center is providing the following updates to the ongoing winter storm and damage reported from severe weather on Thursday:

Severe Weather damage reported on Jan. 21:
No injuries reported

  • Adams Co.: Trees and powerlines down.
  • Clarke Co.: Trees down, power outages.
  • Copiah Co.: Homes damaged, trees down.
  • Franklin Co.: Trees down.
  • Lamar Co.: Estimated 10-12 homes damaged. multiple trees and powerlines downed.
  • Lauderdale Co: Trees down.
  • Oktibbeha Co: Several roads flooded.
  • Simpson Co.: Three homes damaged, roads closed, trees and power lines down in the Pinola and Mendenhall area.
  • Smith Co.: Trees down.
  • Yazoo Co: Trees and power lines down for about a 15- 20 mile stretch from SW of Yazoo City to near Benton. There were several roads blocked with debris but those have all been cleared. Several houses have shingles and other minor damage with numerous sheds and storage building overturned. There are also a few residences and businesses that have reported flash flooding damage, windows blown out at Yazoo Co. H.S.

Winter Weather on Jan. 22:

  • Winter storm warning for Alcorn, Benton, Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Calhoun, Desoto, Grenada, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Lafayette, Leflore, Marshall, Montgomery, Panola, Pontotoc, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Union Washington and Yalobusha.
  • Winter weather advisory for Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lee, Monroe, Warren and Yazoo.
  • Heavy Snow of three to five inches and quarter inch of ice possible from the Delta into north Mississippi. Wind chills in the teens through Sunday.
  • Northeast Mississippi expecting snow of one to three inches and quarter inch of ice.
  • Light amounts from an inch/dusting flurries expected in central/south Mississippi. (no accumulation expected in the metro-Jackson area and southward).

IMPACTS:

  • Travel: MDOT reports ice on roads and bridges in Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Coahoma, DeSoto, Grenada, Lafayette, Leflore, Marshall, Montgomery, Panola, Pontotoc, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tunica, Union, Washington and Yalobusha counties as of 9:15 AM.
  • MDOT advises motorists to use extreme caution while traveling in the aforementioned areas and to follow these tips to help you stay safe on roadways impacted by winter weather.
    • Buckle up.
    • Slow down.
    • Avoid distractions such as talking on a cell phone and texting.
    • Brake early and gently to avoid skidding, and never slam on the brakes.
    • Find more information, tips and ways to prepare for winter weather at www.gomdot.com/winter.
    • For the most up to date road conditions in Mississippi, visit www.MDOTtraffic.com, download the free MS Traffic app from the App Store or Google Play, or call 511.
  • Power Outages: Entergy reporting approximately 768 outages statewide.
    • Adams 230
    • Simpson 172
    • Warren 156
    • Madison 55
    • Tunica 53
    • Washington 46
    • Hinds 39

ACTIONS:
Local:

  • 41 school districts and 7 college campuses closed.
  • Counties are not reporting any unmet needs at this time.

State:

  • MEMA: The State Emergency Operations Center is partially activated.
  • MDOT: MDOT has had crews out overnight in north Mississippi preparing roads for winter weather conditions by laying salt, sand and slag in impacted areas. Currently, reports of ice on roads and bridges have been received for Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Coahoma, DeSoto, Grenada, Lafayette, Leflore, Marshall, Montgomery, Panola, Pontotoc, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tunica, Union, Washington and Yalobusha Counties as of 9:15 AM.
  • DPS: Drivers Services offices in districts 2, 3 and 4 will delay opening until noon.
  • MDHS: County offices closed in Benton, Coahoma, DeSoto, Marshall, Prentiss, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Yalobusha counties.
  • NGOs: The Salvation Army and Red Cross are prepared to assist with any needs.

Updates will be provided as information becomes available.

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