Storm system claims lives, leaves communities in shambles
by MBJ Staff
Published: April 29,2014
Tags: damage, death, disaster recovery, dister response, fatality, hail, injury, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service, Phil Bryant, rain, state of emergency, storm, tornado, wind
ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to receive reports of numerous counties affected by severe weather and possible tornadoes.
The Associated Press is reporting seven fatalities in Mississippi from 12 tornadoes.
The counties reporting damages are as follows:
- DeSoto: Road closures due to flash flooding.
- Itawamba: Minor injuries. Some roads inaccessible due to downed trees. Several homes destroyed.
- Lee: Major damage in the City of Tupelo. Reports of extensive home damage in the area.
- Lowndes: Homes and a business damaged.
- Madison: Homes damaged. A few injuries.
- Montgomery: Trees down and homes damaged.
- Quitman: Trees and power lines down in the Marks community.
- Rankin: Homes, businesses and schools damaged.
- Warren: Homes damaged and multiple roads closed.
- Wayne: Homes damaged and 10 people injured.
- Winston: Major damage near Louisville. The Winston Medical Center has been damaged, and patients were evacuated. The Mississippi Health Department is en route to provide assistance and damage assessment. Several homes have been destroyed. News organizations were reporting fatalities.
A shelter is open in Lee County at the BancorpSouth Building at 375 East Main Street in Tupelo.
Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency to enable state resources to assist affected areas.
The primary focus of emergency crews is search and rescue in the affected areas. MEMA area coordinators have been dispatched to Itawamba, Lee and Winston counties to assist with operations.
The governor has mobilized the Mississippi National Guard in Lee and Winston counties. The Mississippi Highway Patrol has also dispatched teams to affected areas.
Damage assessments are ongoing in areas where the storms have passed. Damage report updates will be released as they become available. Residents should continue monitoring their local media, social media or other technology for current weather conditions.
In total, 11 more fatalities were recorded across multiple states yesterday, bringing the overall death toll from the system to 28.
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