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MEMA confirms two deaths, damage in 26 counties from Sunday morning storms

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received initial damage reports from 26 county emergency management agencies as a result of severe storms Sunday.  There are two deaths and at least two injuries being reported.  There are thousands without power statewide as crews work to re-establish utilities.

 

The counties reporting damages are as follows:

  • Adams: Eight homes major damage, six homes minor damage, trees and powerlines down, roads closed.
  • Attala: Home and church damaged.
  • Calhoun: Homes damaged, trees and powerlines down.
  • Carroll: Homes and businesses damaged, roads closed, trees and powerlines down.
  • Chickasaw: Trees down.
  • Claiborne: Homes damaged, roads closed.
  • Covington: Trees and powerlines down.
  • Forrest: Homes damaged from lightning strikes, trees and powerlines down, flash flooding.
  • Grenada: Trees and powerlines down, flash flooding.
  • Hancock: Flash flooding, several streets flooded during high tide.
  • Hinds: Trees and powerlines down.
  • Holmes: One death near Durant. Homes damaged, trees and powerlines down, I-55 southbound closed briefly for tree debris in road.
  • Jefferson Davis: One injury from lightning strike.
  • Jones: Flash flooding and trees down.
  • Lamar: Flash flooding.
  • Lowndes: Three homes major damage, 11 homes minor damage, trees and powerlines down.
  • Madison: Trees and powerlines down, old water tower damaged in Flora.
  • Montgomery: Trees and powerlines down, damage and power outage in the town of Kilmichael.
  • Newton: Trees and powerlines down.   
  • Rankin: One dead from electric shock. A child died from electric shock while attempting to unplug a golf cart. Trees and powerlines down.
  • Smith: Oil well fire near Taylorsville, struck by lightning.
  • Union: Trees down.
  • Warren: Trees and powerlines down.
  • Webster: Trees down on homes, powerlines down.
  • Yalobusha: Home damaged, trees down.
  • Yazoo: Homes damaged, trees and powerlines down.

 

Damage assessments continue.

 

The National Weather Service forecast calls for additional heavy rainfall through Sunday so citizens are asked to stay alert for the possibility of flash flooding from the saturated ground.

MEMA urges the public to report damages to your local Emergency Management Agency. For a list of contact numbers for your county, visit www.msema.org/local-ema.

Also, MDOT is reporting many impacted roads across the state:

  • Interstate 20 eastbound past Bolton (Exit 27) in Hinds County.
  • U.S. Highway 51, both directions, south of Durant in Holmes County.
  • Interstate 55 southbound before MS 14 (Exit 146) in Holmes County.
  • MS 14, both directions, between Interstate 55 and U.S. Highway 51 in Holmes County.
  • MS 28, both directions, between MS 33 and MS 552 in Jefferson County.
  • MS 432, both directions, between Lemon Road and Interstate 55 in Yazoo County.

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