March 22, 2022, Severe Weather Update #5

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to validate damage assessments following severe weather on March 22, 2022. At the time of this release, the National Weather Service Jackson has confirmed 25 tornadoes that swept across the state. Three injuries were reported to MEMA due to the storms (Clay, Copiah, and Holmes).


The following damage numbers are PRELIMINARY and are subject to change throughout the assessment and validation process.


We have reports from 16 counties that 252 homes have sustained some type of damage. At this time, 22 are classified as destroyed, and 34 are considered to have major damage in Attala, Clay, Hinds, Holmes, Jefferson, Kemper, Madison, Smith, Warren, and Yazoo counties.


The MEMA Call Center remains open to assist residents in need of resources: 1-800-445-6362

UPDATED Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Another round of severe weather is expected Wednesday, March 30, 2022; tornadoes are likely. MEMA is encouraging residents to:

  • Monitor the forecast
  • Have a Disaster Kit with at least 72 hours’ worth of non-perishable food and water
  • Identify a safe place to go in case of a tornado
  • Prepare for prolonged power outages

More tips can be found here.