PEARL, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received updated damage reports from 22 counties due to tornadoes and severe storms that began on April 13.
Gov. Phil Bryant signed and declared a State of Emergency April 14, which covers all counties affected by the weekend’s tornadoes and severe storms. A State of Emergency is an administrative tool that authorizes the use of state resources to aid in response and recovery efforts.
So far, over 230 residences and 17 businesses are affected statewide.
The National Weather Service in Jackson, New Orleans and Memphis have confirmed a total of 17 tornadoes that impacted the state over the weekend. One storm-related fatality and 18 injuries have been reported to MEMA thus far.
Initial damage reports by county (assessments ongoing):
• Attala: One home damaged
• Choctaw: No damage reported.
o EF-1 tornado started in the county before crossing into Webster County.
• Clarke: Assessments ongoing
o EF-2 tornado in the city of Quitman
o EF-1 tornado in southwest portion of county
o EF-1 tornado in central portion of county
• Clay: Seven homes, 15 businesses, two roads, two bridges and one public building damaged
• Covington: Nine buildings damaged, one injury reported
o EF-1 tornado in Hot Coffee which crossed into Smith County
• Hinds: Assessments ongoing
• Holmes: Assessments ongoing
• Itawamba: Building assessments ongoing; seven roads and one bridge damaged.
• Jackson: 16 homes damaged.
o EF-1 tornado in the town of Escatawpa (initial ruling)
• Jasper: One home damaged
• Kemper: 16 homes damaged, five roads damaged
• Leake: Five roads damaged
o EF-1 tornado in the town of Thomastown
• Madison: Assessments ongoing
• Monroe: 131 homes, 14 apartments, two business and three public buildings damaged. One fatality and 17 injuries reported.
o EF-2 tornado in the town of Hamilton
o EF-1 tornado in the town of Greenwood Springs (initial ruling)
o Shelter open at Abundant Life UPC – 40192 Hamilton Road, Hamilton, MS
o Volunteer Reception Center through MS Commission for Volunteer Service – Hamilton Community Center, 40463 Old Highway 45 South, Hamilton, MS
Tuesday through Thursday – 9AM to 6PM
Friday – 9AM to Noon
Closed Saturday and Sunday
• Oktibbeha: Assessments ongoing
o EF-2 tornado near the Winston County/Oktibbeha County line
o EF-1 tornado in the city of Starkville
• Rankin: Assessments ongoing
• Simpson: Assessments ongoing.
• Smith: Two homes damaged
o EF-1 tornado which began in Covington county
• Walthall: One home damaged.
o EF-2 tornado that crossed into Pike County
• Warren: 121 homes, 17 businesses and 13 public buildings damaged.
o Three EF-2 tornadoes in the city of Vicksburg
o One of these three EF-2 tornadoes crossed into Yazoo County
o American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Vicksburg at First Baptist Church – 1607 Cherry Street; Warren County Dept. of Human Services is assisting.
• Webster: No damage reported at this time.
o EF-0 tornado, just south of Mantee
o EF-1 tornado crossed from Choctaw County into the town of Mathiston.
• Winston: Assessments ongoing
• Yazoo: 24 homes damaged
o EF-0 tornado in Dover
Mississippi Civil Defense and Emergency Management Association (MCDEMA)
• Emergency Managers have been assisting their county neighbors/partners in damage assessments and resource sharing through the Statewide Mutual Aid Compact (SMAC)
• SMAC provides a plan/agreement for cities and counties to request and receive assistance from each other when local resources are exhausted.
MEMA/State Asset Resources Deployed:
• MEMA’s Mobile Command Center is now set up in Monroe County to assist with providing communications and workspace while towers are being restored.
• Personnel deployed to affected areas for damage assessments, staffing of county emergency management offices and asset delivery.
• Drones with pilots to provide aerial capability in damage assessments.
• 800 tarps to affected counties
• Dept. of Public Safety has sent personnel from MS Highway Patrol to Monroe County to assist with traffic flow and security.
• Dept. of Mental Health’s Crisis Teams on Standby 24/7
The public is encouraged to report damage to homes or businesses to their county emergency management office. A directory of all the offices can be found at http://www.msema.org/county-ema/
MEMA will provide updates as information becomes available. The best way to get up-to-date information during this event is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter @msema.
You can also visit our incident specific page on our website, http://www.msema.org/news/april-13-14-tornado-outbreak/