More than a dozen counties see damage from storm system

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of damage from 14 counties as a result of severe weather that moved through the state yesterday, causing extensive damage in the Metro Jackson area from hail.

The counties reporting damages are:

• Calhoun: Trees and power lines down

• Chickasaw: Trees and power lines down

• Clay: Trees down throughout the county

• Grenada: At least one home damaged. Trees and power lines down

• Hinds: Large hail reported

• Itawamba: At least one home damaged and one road closed

• Lee: Trees down throughout the county

• Lowndes: Trees and power lines down

• Monroe: Trees down throughout the county

• Rankin: Large hail reported

• Tallahatchie: A few homes damaged

• Tishomingo: Trees down

• Union: Several homes and buildings damaged. Trees down throughout the county

• Warren: At least one home damaged. Trees down

MEMA has been impacted, too. Based in Pearl, the agency reports it sustained damages.

Much of the agency’s fleet of vehicles received “extensive” damage from the golf ball- to tennis ball-sized hail.

The agency is working to conduct a thorough assessment of damages to the State Emergency Operations Center, including any possible damage to the building and equipment. This assessment will be completed by this afternoon, according to MEMA.

At least one person was treated at a hospital for minor injuries from the hailstorm that hammered Central Mississippi. University of Mississippi Medical Center spokesman Jack Mazurak says one person was treated for minor injuries and released.

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