Governor Declares State of Emergency

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour declared a state of Emergency Wednesday following tornadoes and severe weather in Alcorn, DeSoto, and Lafayette counties.

Barbour asked for preliminary damage assessments from the U. S. Small Business Administration because of the damage in north Mississippi.

Over 120 homes were badly damaged or destroyed. There was no loss of life in Mississippi attributed to the system that moved through Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. But it proved deadly elsewhere, claiming at least 55 lives in the southern U.S. and 31 in Tennessee.

If an SBA declaration is granted, storm victims, businesses and non-profit organizations would be eligible to apply for low-interest disaster recovery loans.

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