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Gov. Reeves issues State of Emergency following Friday night’s severe storms

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Governor Tate Reeves has issued a State of Emergency in the counties affected by the mass storms on Friday night, which resulted in at least 23 deaths and four missing as of Saturday morning.

According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), at least 13 of the 23 deaths happened in Rolling Fork while three people died in one home in Carroll County.

Monroe County, home of Amory, also suffered significant damage with two people being killed.

“I would say 40 percent of homes in the town or are in the community are damaged to some sort,” Amory Mayor Corey Glenn told Fox & Friends.

Reeves released the State of Emergency around noon, later adding that President Biden has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist responders and aid with recovery efforts.

“I just spoke with President Biden about the deadly tornados we faced overnight,” Reeves stated over social media. “He assured us FEMA would be there to support our response. The flood of support from governors, businesses, charities, and federal admin has been tremendous—matches the community here on the ground.”

Search-and-rescue efforts are still ongoing. At least 11 tornadoes have been reported across Mississippi and Alabama over the last 24 hours.

Since then, MEMA has released a list of shelter locations following a series of tornadoes that cut through the state Friday night.

As of Saturday morning, the following locations are open for those in need:

  • National Guard Amory (19719 US 61, Rolling Fork, MS 39159)
  • Humphreys County Multipurpose Building (417 Silver City Rd., Belzoni, MS 39038)
  • Old Amory National Guard Building (101 S. 9th St., Amory, MS 38821)

MEMA releases shelter locations for those affected by storms

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