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Number of tornadoes & damaged homes rises in latest update from MEMA

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The number of confirmed tornadoes and damaged homes continues to rise as the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has updated its preliminary damage reports following Sunday and Tuesday’s severe weather events. Thankfully, no fatalities have been reported as a result of either event. 

For Sunday’s severe weather surge, the number of confirmed tornadoes is now at 15: 

NWS Jackson confirmed 11 tornadoes:

  1. Hinds County (Terry/Byram): EF-1 (105 mph)
  2. Yazoo County (Yazoo City) EF-1 (110 mph)
  3. Madison County: EF-1 (95 mph)
  4. Holmes County (Durant): EF-1 (100 mph)
  5. Yazoo/Holmes County: EF-0 (85 mph)
  6. Holmes County (Eden/Tchula): EF-1 (110 mph)
  7. Holmes/Carroll County: EF-2 (115 mph)
  8. Jefferson/Claiborne County: EF-1 (105 mph)
  9. Attala County: EF-1 (90 mph)
  10. Leake County: EF-0 (80 mph)
  11. Choctaw County: EF-0 (80 mph)

NWS Memphis confirmed 4 tornadoes:

  1. Calhoun County: EF-1 (90 mph)
  2. Pontotoc/Lee County: EF-1 (90 mph)
  3. Lee County (Tupelo): EF-1 (100 mph)
  4. Lee/Itawamba County: EF-0 (75 mph)

As for damages, the following counties have submitted official preliminary damage reports from the severe weather on Sunday.

  • Calhoun – 43 homes affected; 6 businesses affected; 2 public bridges affected
  • Hinds – 24 homes affected
  • Lee – 76 homes affected; 6 businesses affected; 1 public building affected
  • Pontotoc – 10 homes affected; 1 business affected
  • Yazoo – 76 homes affected; 4 businesses affected; 1 public road affected

The National Weather Service has confirmed three tornadoes from Tuesday’s severe weather event. 

  1. Rankin County: EF-1 (90 mph)
  2. Hinds/Rankin County: EF-1 (110 mph)
  3. Warren County: EF-1 (105 mph)  *This tornado formed in Lousiana and crossed the state line into Mississippi*

After just two counties had reported damage as of yesterday afternoon, that has now grown to six with damage to over 160 homes.

  • Hinds – 113 homes affected; 6 businesses affected
  • Leake – 21 homes affected; 9 businesses affected
  • Rankin – 7 homes affected
  • Newton – 5 homes affected; 3businesses affected
  • Warren – 6 homes affected
  • Yazoo – 10 homes affected; 1 business affected

*These are preliminary numbers and could change throughout the assessment process.

Residents and business owners can self-report damage from the severe storms on May 2, 2021 and/or May 4, 2021 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.

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