FEMA to Assess Damage

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent teams into Mississippi to tour areas where Friday's violent storms damaged homes.

Gov. Haley Barbour says the hardest hit areas, Hinds County and the city of Jackson, might qualify for FEMA assistance. He said other areas might be eligible for low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration.

Crews with chain saws continued working early Wednesday to remove trees that were uprooted Friday when five tornadoes whipped across the state from Vicksburg through the Jackson metropolitan area and over to Scott County. Other areas, including Meridian, had damage from powerful straight-line winds. No one was killed by the storm system, but 22 were injured.

Entergy Mississippi officials say about 480 customers in Jackson remained without power early Wednesday, when the utility expected to get service restored.

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