Mississippi storm deaths, injuries and damages increase

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received confirmation of 34 storm related deaths and 163 injuries from severe weather that moved through the state Tuesday through Wednesday night. The most recent death was reported from Marshall County where a firefighter died of an apparent heart attack while clearing debris. There are also initial […]


Rare EF-5 Tornado confirmed in Monroe County

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received confirmation from the National Weather Service in Memphis that an EF-5 tornado with winds up to 205 mph struck the city of Smithville in Monroe County Wednesday afternoon. This is the highest rating for tornado damage and the first EF-5 tornado to hit Mississippi since March […]


GOV. BARBOUR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR 39 MISSISSIPPI COUNTIES

JACKSON – Governor Barbour today declared a State of Emergency for 39 Mississippi counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians after severe storms moved across the state. The counties of Adams, Alcorn, Attala, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Coahoma, Covington, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Issaquena, Kemper, Lafayette, Lauderdale, Leake, Leflore, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Panola, Pike, […]


Mississippi Storm Death Total Drops to Five

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received an amended report from Webster County that there is only one death from severe storms that moved through overnight. There are a total of five deaths reported statewide by county emergency management agencies. Choctaw, Lafayette, Pike, Webster and Yazoo counties are all reporting one death each. […]


April 24 Tornado: One Year Later

PEARL —Sunday marks the one year anniversary of one of the worst natural disasters to hit Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina. On April 24, 2010, an EF-4 tornado with winds of 170 mph hit a large part of Mississippi causing devastating damage from high winds and tornados. The storm caused 10 fatalities and more than 150 […]


GOV. BARBOUR REQUESTS FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION

JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour today requested President Obama declare Greene, Hinds and Kemper counties as major disaster areas, allowing residents who live in those counties to access federal government individual assistance programs. If approved, individuals will be able to utilize federal aid to help with recovery needs from the storm system that ripped through […]


GOVERNOR BARBOUR REQUESTS JOINT DAMAGES ASSESSMENTS FOR STORM DAMAGED COUNTIES

PEARL – Based upon initial figures from ongoing damage assessments by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and local officials, Governor Haley Barbour requested Individual Assistance Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Damages to homes and businesses in Greene, Hinds and Kemper counties from Friday’s storms will be assessed by the […]


Morrison Heights Baptist Church Not Open for Sheltering

PEARL –The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency announces that the Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton is NOT currently open as a shelter for victims of today’s tornado in Hinds County. A shelter location will be announced shortly. For more information, visit us online at www.msema.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook using […]


RESIDENTS SHOULD PREPARE FOR SEVERE WEATHER, POSSIBLE TORNADOES

PEARL — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are warning residents to get ready for the threat of a significant severe weather outbreak forecast for late tonight through Friday evening. “The forecast calls for an environment that could produce violent weather in the state,” said MEMA Director Mike Womack. “Everyone needs […]


BOLIVAR COUNTY IS NEWEST STORMREADY COMMUNITY IN MISSISSIPPI

Pearl – In a ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. this morning Bolivar County will become the latest Mississippi county to receive the StormReady designation from the National Weather Service. The ceremony honoring the community for achieving StormReady status will be held at the Bolivar County Emergency Operations Center, 114 South Street, Cleveland. This makes 35 […]