Gov. Haley Barbour declared a State of Emergency in response to severe weather that occurred Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
"The residents can rest assured that all state resources have been mobilized and are ready to assist their needs due to these storms," said Barbour. "We will continue to work with the local governments to ensure the safety of the impacted communities."
The State of Emergency makes state resources available to local governments as they work to respond to this emergency situation.
The following counties reported damages to MEMA:
- Harrison: Reports that a tornado touched down on U.S. 49 in Orange Grove area around 6:30 a.m., local officials are doing damage assessments now.
- Jasper: One home destroyed, one home with major damage, six homes with minor damage and one barn destroyed.
- Lauderdale: Damage to Bonita Lakes Mall, including J.C. Penney, Gap and United Artists Theater.
- Leake: One mobile home destroyed, two mobile homes with minor damage, one agricultural building destroyed and one agricultural building with major damage.
- Neshoba: One house with minor damage and one mobile home with major damage.
- Pontotoc: Two homes with major damage and one injury.
- Simpson: Three homes with major damage, nine mobile homes with major damage, 12 businesses or chicken brooder facilities destroyed or received major damage. Approximately 40 people are displaced from their residence. No shelter is open at this time.
- Smith: Two homes destroyed, two homes with minor damage, two mobile homes destroyed, two mobile homes with major damage, two mobile homes with minor damage, 17 businesses or chicken brooder facilities were destroyed or received major damage and two non-serious injuries were reported.
- Washington: Four mobile homes with major damage and two businesses with major damage.
- Winston: One mobile home destroyed with four people inside, one person now confirmed dead and two others hospitalized from that mobile home.
MEMA personnel have deployed to damaged areas to assist local governments with more detailed damage assessments and identifying any critical needs.