Severe weather reported in Central Mississippi

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Wednesday morning released its first report on the damage from Tuesday’s storms in the state. MEMA is working with a number of counties to assess damage after severe weather, tornadoes, hail, damaging winds, and flash flooding impacted the state on March 22. 

Currently, two injuries (Holmes, Copiah) have been reported due to Tuesday’s storms. 

Fallen trees/limbs were reported across the state, impacting roads and creating power outages. For a look at current outages, click here

As assessments continued Wednesday, 12 counties are reporting damage to homes. It is anticipated that number will change through the damage assessment process. 

Those counties are:  

  • Adams 
  • Attala 
  • Clay 
  • Copiah 
  • Hinds 
  • Holmes 
  • Jefferson 
  • Kemper 
  • Madison 
  • Smith 
  • Warren  
  • Yazoo  

MEMA is encouraging residents that sustained damage to their homes to report it to their counties using MEMA’s self-report tool. As a reminder, this is not an application for financial assistance but information-gathering purposes.  

MEMA is providing tarps and UAS (drone) assistance to requesting counties.  

For residents who are currently without power, remember:  

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed 
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows 
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges 
  • Have alternate plans to refrigerate medicines or use power-dependent medical devices

An example of the storm damage is seen in the following MEMA drone video and photos taken after the storm passed through the Edwards area:

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