March 22, 2022, Severe Weather Update #1

(Pearl, MS) –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is working with multiple counties to assess damage after severe weather, tornadoes, hail, damaging winds, and flash flooding impacted the state on March 22, 2022. Currently, two injuries (Holmes, Copiah) have been reported due to yesterday’s storms.

Multiple fallen trees/limbs were reported across the state, impacting roads and creating power outages. For a look at current outages, click here. As assessments continue today,  12 counties are reporting damage to homes. We anticipate that number to change through the damage assessment process. Those counties are:

 

  • Adams
  • Attala
  • Clay
  • Copiah
  • Hinds
  • Holmes
  • Jefferson
  • Kemper
  • Madison
  • Smith
  • Warren
  • Yazoo

 

We encourage residents that sustained damage to their homes to report it to their counties using MEMA’s self-report tool. As a reminder, this is not an application for financial assistance but information-gathering purposes.

MEMA is providing tarps and UAS (drone) assistance to requesting counties. 

For residents who are currently without power, remember:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges
  • Have alternate plans to refrigerate medicines or use power-dependent medical devices

 

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To see storm damage in Edwards: https://youtu.be/kU5qU3mxoms