Bryant Calls Special Session

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Jackson, Miss.
Gov. Phil Bryant has called the Mississippi Legislature into special session to provide the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency with access to up to $20 million for disaster response and recovery costs.

Bryant's call brings lawmakers together on Thursday at 1 p.m.

Initial estimates of state costs exceed $13.5 million but damage assessments continue, according to Bryant's office.

The National Weather Service says 23 tornadoes struck in Mississippi.

A total of 14 people were killed, many of them in Winston County.

Following last week’s storms, Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Rankin, Wayne and Winston counties were declared eligible for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program and reimbursement assistance with eligible costs for emergency response efforts and debris removal through FEMA’s Public Assistance program.

Tuesday, Individual Assistance was also extended to Jones, Leake, Montgomery, Simpson and Warren counties. The state is also seeking expanded Public Assistance aid.