MONTICELLO, Miss.--Damage and injury reports are coming in from several counties after Christmas Day storms pummeled south Mississippi. Possible the worst damage reported was in Lawrence County, near Monticello. That's where a possible tornado damaged several mobile homes and other structures. Several people also suffered injuries. None were reported to be life-threatening.
About a dozen homes were damaged in Pearl River county as winds moved through. Several injuries were also reported there.
The National Weather Service Tweeted out Wednesday morning that their survey teams would be visiting Lawrence and Forrest counties and may also visit Jones, Clarke and Lauderdale counties to determine if damage there was the result of a tornado or straight-line winds.
Injuries were also reported in Hinds County. There was extensive flooding in that county and in the capital city. Some residents were flooded out of their homes, some complaining that the City of Jackson wasn't prepared for the amount of rain that fell in such a short period of time.
National Weather Service radar estimates say three and a half inches of rain fell in Hinds County. The county that got the most rainfall Tuesday was carroll, where some areas say over five inches. That also applied to smaller areas in norther Holmes and Attala counties.
A State of Emergency (related article) was declared by Gov. Bryant for eight counties affected by storms, but may be extended, depending on damage reports that may come in Wednesday.
The Miss. Emergency Management Agency said damage was also reported in Gorge, Greene. Stone and Wilkinson counties.
A flood warning was issued Wednesday morning for the Big Black River in Bentonia and West, Yazoo and Holmes counties, respectively.