PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of damage from nine counties as a result of severe weather that moved through the state on Sunday.  There were at least 63 injuries, two critical and the rest minor.  There are no reported deaths. There are approximately 7,000 customers still without power.  Detailed damage assessments are ongoing in the affected counties but early estimates show several hundred homes and businesses have been affected.

Three shelters remain open for affected residents:

  • Forrest County Community 361 Shelter on U.S. 49 South in Hattiesburg.
  • Petal Civic Center at 712 South Main Street in Petal.
  • Lamar County Multipurpose Center at 99 Central Industrial Rd. in Purvis.

Residents of storm-affected areas that have immediate needs can call 2-1-1 and register (alternate number: 866-472-8265). Representatives with 2-1-1 will call when their needs can be met.

People interested in volunteering to assist with the clean-up are encouraged to sign up with the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service at www.volunteermississippi.org or by calling 1-888-353-1793.

Preliminary data from National Weather Service in Jackson Survey teams report the tornado in the Hattiesburg area at least EF-3 with maximum winds of 140 mph in Hattiesburg and 145 mph in the West Hattiesburg/Oak Grove area. Surveys are still ongoing.

Gov. Phil Bryant declared a State of Emergency Sunday night for Lawrence, Marion, Lamar, Forrest and any other counties affected by the severe weather.  The State of Emergency allows for the use of state resources and assets to support local governments in their response efforts as well as legal protection against price gouging if necessary.

A list of counties reporting damage:

Forrest County:

  • Numerous homes, businesses and public buildings sustained significant damage.
  • Reporting 63 minor injuries.

Lamar County:

  • Reports of damage in multiple locations, including Oak Grove and the Lake Serene neighborhood.

Lawrence County:

  • Several homes damaged and minor injuries.

Marion County:

  • Several homes damaged and minor injuries.

Perry County:

  • Road damage

Warren County:

  • Trees down and flooding on multiple streets.

Wayne County:

  • Impacts reported in Clara and Progress communities.

Yazoo County:

  • Trees down and flooding on multiple streets.

State and local emergency officials remain on the ground in impacted areas. MEMA will report updates as they are available.

The public is encouraged to follow MEMA on Twitter and Facebook for information.

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