February 5 Severe Weather Event Statewide Damage Report

Updated Damage Report as of Friday, February 7 at 3:50 PM

PEARL – Due to the severe weather that impacted the state Wednesday, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) received damage reports from affected counties and continues to assist with response efforts.

At the time of this release, nine counties submitted damage reports to MEMA. There are no injuries to report.

The following damage reports serve only as initial assessments from the county emergency management offices and can change as MEMA receives additional reports and assessments.

Updated damage reports by county (numbers subject to change):

  • Attala: Six homes damaged; one business damaged, six farm buildings with damage
  • Clarke: 25 homes damaged, 15 roads closed, Enterprise K-12 School District remains closed (02/02/2020)
  • Holmes: One home damaged
  • Jasper: Sixteen homes damaged; two businesses damaged
  • Lauderdale: 18 homes damaged; one publicly owned building damaged
  • Leake: Three homes damaged; one poultry house destroyed
  • Marion: One home damaged
  • Simpson: Five homes damaged; one farm building damaged
  • Yazoo: 31 homes damaged, 1 business, and two roads damaged

The National Weather Service conducted surveys Thursday and confirmed seven tornadoes during Wednesday’s storms.

Confirmed tornadoes:

  • Attala County: EF-1
    • Max winds: 95 MPH
    • Path length: 1.66 miles
    • Max width: 300 yards
  • Attala County: EF-2
    • Max winds: 112 MPH
    • Path length: 5.89 miles
    • Max width: 800 yards
  • Clarke/Jasper/Lauderdale counties: EF-2
    • Max winds: 125 MPH
    • Path length: 60.05 miles
    • Max width: 1,320 yards
  • Smith County: EF rating unknown
    • Path length: 1.85 miles
  • Simpson County: EF-1
    • Max winds: 100 MPH
    • Path length: 6.23 miles
    • Max width: 150 yards
  • Yazoo County: EF-1
    • Max winds: 93 MPH
    • Path length: 8.17 miles
    • Max width: 800 yards
  • Yazoo/Holmes/Attala counties: EF-2
    • Max winds: 112 MPH
    • Path length: 18.83 miles

Shelters:

Yazoo County – L.T. Miller Community Center, 930 Lamar Avenue in Yazoo City

State Assets/Resources Deployed:

Clarke:

  • 1,000 sandbags
  • 50 tarps
  • 10 cases of bottled water
  • One Disaster Reservist
  • One Area Coordinator
  • Law enforcement to help with damage assessments and traffic control
  • Two debris removal teams to assist with clearing trees from roadways

Lauderdale:

  • 50 tarps
  • One Area Coordinator to assist with damage assessments

Jasper:

  • One Area Coordinator to assist with damage assessments

Yazoo:

  • 50 tarps
  • One UAS drone and pilot to support damage assessments and situational awareness due to storm damage
  • One Area Coordinator to support county with Emergency Operations Center operations and with damage assessments

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated and monitoring any requests or unmet needs from the county emergency management offices.

The public is encouraged to report damage to homes or businesses to their county emergency management office. A directory of all the offices is online at http://www.msema.org/county-ema/

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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Initial Damage Report from Thursday, February 6 at 1:30 PM

PEARL – Due to the severe weather that impacted the state Wednesday, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) received damage reports from affected counties and continues to assist with response efforts.

At the time of this release, eight counties submitted damage reports to MEMA. Lauderdale County has not yet submitted a damage report; however, the county has 1,469 power outages, and Lauderdale County Schools are closed.

The following damage reports serve only as initial assessments from the county emergency management offices and can change as MEMA receives additional reports and assessments.

Initial damage reports by county (assessments ongoing):

  • Attala: Three homes damaged; three roads closed, 231 power outages
  • Clarke: 25 homes damaged, 15 roads closed, Enterprise K-12 School District is closed, 955 power outages
  • Holmes: One home damaged, 26 power outages
  • Jasper: Six homes damaged; two roads closed, 296 power outages
  • Leake: Three homes damaged
  • Marion: One home damaged
  • Simpson: Five homes damaged; one farm building damaged, 82 power outages
  • Yazoo: EF-1 tornado with max winds of 93 MPH, 18 homes damaged, 10 roads damaged, 64 power outages

Shelters:

  • Clarke County – Enterprise Baptist Church, 400 River Road in Enterprise

State Assets/Resources Deployed:

Clarke:

  • 1,000 sandbags
  • 50 tarps
  • 10 cases of bottled water
  • One Disaster Reservist
  • One Area Coordinator
  • Law enforcement to help with damage assessments and traffic control
  • Two debris removal teams to assist with clearing trees from roadways

Lauderdale:

  • 50 tarps
  • One Area Coordinator to assist with damage assessments

Jasper:

  • One Area Coordinator to assist with damage assessments

Yazoo:

  • 50 tarps
  • One UAS drone and pilot to support damage assessments and situational awareness due to storm damage
  • One Area Coordinator to support county with Emergency Operations Center operations and with damage assessments

At the time of this release, there were 4,007 power outages statewide.

The National Weather Service sent out two storm survey teams to assess damages and to track potential tornadoes. One team is going to Attala, Holmes, and Yazoo counties while the second team is going to Clarke, Jasper, and Lauderdale counties. If they have time, the second team will also visit Smith and Simpson counties.

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated and monitoring any requests or unmet needs from the county emergency management offices.

The public is encouraged to report damage to homes or businesses to their county emergency management office. A directory of all the offices is online at http://www.msema.org/county-ema/

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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