Hurricane Laura Preliminary Damage Reports

PEARL, Miss. – Hurricane Laura made landfall early Thursday, August, 27 near Cameron, Louisiana as a Category 4 storm. Although Mississippi was spared from major impacts caused by Hurricane Laura, parts of the state still experienced tropical storm force winds resulting in power outages, flooding and spin-up tornadoes.

Peak wind gusts exceeded 40 mph across the western portion of the state. Additionally, an EF-0 tornado was confirmed in Lafayette County just northeast of Oxford, according to the National Weather Service, Memphis Office.

At this time, Adams, Alcorn, Jefferson Davis, Sunflower, Warren and Wayne Counties are the only counties reporting damage to MEMA. Here are overall preliminary totals of damage reported:

  • Adams –  nine homes damaged/affected; one public building damaged
  • Alcorn – one home damaged/affected; one business damaged/affected; one public building damaged/affected; one injury reported
  • Sunflower – one home damaged/affected
  • Warren – two homes damaged/affected
  • Wayne– six public roads major damage
  • Jefferson Davis – five homes damaged/affected; three roads damaged/affected

These are initial reports, numbers could change throughout today and the upcoming days.

 MEMA continues to work directly with Local County EMA Directors to further assess the damage caused by this tropical system. Residents can self-report damage to county emergency management agencies through MEMA’s self-reporting tool. Those links for each county can be found on our website https://www.msema.org/.

 

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PEARL, Miss. – Hurricane Laura made landfall early Thursday, August, 27 near Cameron, Louisiana as a Category 4 storm. Although Mississippi was spared from major impacts caused by Hurricane Laura, parts of the state still experienced tropical storm force winds resulting in power outages, flooding and spin-up tornadoes.

Peak wind gusts exceeded 40 mph across the western portion of the state. Additionally, an EF-0 tornado was confirmed in Lafayette County just northeast of Oxford, according to the National Weather Service, Memphis Office.

At this time, Adams, Sunflower, Warren and Wayne Counties are the only counties reporting damage to MEMA.

  • Adams County – three homes major damage; five homes minor damage; four homes affected; one building major damage
  • Sunflower – one home minor damage
  • Warren County – one home destroyed; one home minor damage
  • Wayne County – six public roads major damage

These are initial reports, numbers could change throughout today and the upcoming days.

MEMA continues to work directly with Local County EMA Directors to further assess the damage caused by this tropical system.

Residents can self-report damage to county emergency management agencies through MEMA’s self-reporting tool. Those links for each county can be found on our website https://www.msema.org/.

 

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