Bryant announced the proclamation Tuesday night on Twitter. The emergency was declared for Clarke, Covington, Forrest, Jasper, Jones, Lauderdale, Perry and Wayne counties.
Bryant said the declaration will help provide state support for the local government response and recovery efforts in those areas.
Mississippi was hit by a tornado and flash flooding as a line of storms moved across the state Dec. 27.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said no deaths or serious injuries had been reported. Residents of about two dozen homes had to be rescued in Forrest County.
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