It’s been an eventful week in Mississippi with multiple rounds of severe weather impacting a large portion of the state. As damage assessments continue after storms ravaged the state on Sunday and Tuesday, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has released its preliminary damage report for both events.
Thankfully, no fatalities have been reported as a result of either storm surge. Starting on Sunday, the National Weather Service has surveyed and confirmed a total of 12 tornadoes across the state.
- Calhoun County: EF-1 with winds of 90 mph
- Hinds County: EF-1 with winds of 105 mph
- Holmes/Carroll County: EF-2 with winds of 115 mph
- Holmes County (Eden/Tchula): EF-1 with winds of 110 mph
- Holmes County (Durant): EF-1 with winds of 100 mph
- Itawamba County: EF-0 with winds of 75 mph
- Jefferson County: EF-1 with winds of 105 mph
- Lee County: EF-1 with winds of 100 mph
- Madison County: EF-1 with winds of 95 mph
- Pontotoc/Lee County: EF-1 with winds of 90 mph
- Yazoo County: EF-1 with winds of 110 mph
- Yazoo/Holmes County: EF-0 with winds of 85 mph
The following counties have submitted official preliminary damage reports from the severe weather on Sunday to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency:
- Hinds – 24 homes affected
- Lee – 65 homes affected; 2 businesses affected
- Pontotoc – 10 homes affected; 1 business affected
- Yazoo – 76 homes affected; 4 businesses affected
*These are preliminary numbers and could change throughout the assessment process.
As for Tuesday, strong winds and tornadoes moved through Central Mississippi and MEMA states that as many as 100 homes appear to have been damaged, but at this time, only two counties have submitted official preliminary damage reports.
- Rankin – 4 homes affected
- Warren – 7 homes affected
These numbers will grow in the coming days as reports continue to be filed. Residents and business owners can self-report damage from the severe storms on May 2 and/or May 4 through MEMA’s Crisis Track Self-Reporting tool.
If citizens have immediate unmet needs, they are encouraged to contact their county emergency management agency. A list of those county contacts can be found here.