MEMA gives update on storm damage; thousands without power

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has issued an update on the damage and injuries caused by yesterday’s potent storm system.

MEMA has received reports of damage from seven counties as a result of severe weather that moved through the state. No fatalities have been reported.

The state has deployed a mobile communications trailer and is establishing a command center in Lamar County to assist local emergency responders.

Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency for counties affected by yesterday’s severe weather. The state of emergency allows for the use of state resources and assets to support local governments in their response efforts.

Counties are reporting the following impacts:

• Forrest County: Numerous homes, businesses and public buildings sustained significant damage. Hardy Street is closed from 40th Ave. to U.S. 49 in both directions. Sections of Mobile Street, Park Street and Main Street are closed. Several roads are closed due to downed trees and power lines. Ten injuries have been reported. Numerous power outages

• Lamar County: Reports of damage in multiple locations, including Oak Grove and the Lake Serene neighborhood. Two critical injuries reported. Additional injuries also reported. Power outages reported and some power lines down

• Lawrence County: Injuries reported. Some damage reported

• Marion County: A few injuries reported. Several homes reported destroyed and several reported damaged

• Warren County: Trees down. Flooding on multiple streets

• Wayne County: Impacts reported in Clara and Progress communities

• Yazoo County: Trees down. Flooding on multiple streets.

State and local emergency officials remain on the ground in impacted areas. MEMA says it will report updates as they are available.

About 9,700 electric meters served by rural electric power associations are without service in south Mississippi.

Ron Stewart, senior vice president of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, says the majority of the outages are in Forrest and Lamar counties. He says emergency crews worked through the night and more crews were sent in today.

He says the public should stay away from power lines at all times and to report damaged lines immediately to their electric utility.

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