PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has confirmed four deaths and more than 20 injuries from severe weather that struck south Mississippi Saturday morning.
There is extensive damage from a tornado in Forrest County in and around the cities of Hattiesburg and Petal.
Gov. Phil Bryant has authorized a State of Emergency to provide state resources.
The State Emergency Operations Center is activated with MEMA and key state agencies coordinating resources to the affected areas.
Two state search and rescue teams, Mississippi Task Force Two and Three have been deployed to Forrest County.
28 troopers have deployed to assist the Hattiesburg Police Department and Forrest County with search and rescue and traffic control.
Damage assessments are ongoing by county and city officials.
The Petal Civic Center is open as a shelter, 712 South Main Street: 601-582-2672.
The Forrest County Multipurpose Center is now open as a storm shelter, located at 962 Sullivan Drive. For assistance, call Forrest County Emergency Management at: 601-544-5911.
For those in Hattiesburg needing assistance, call the Hattiesburg's Action Line: 601-545-4500 or emergency management at 601-544-5911.
Information from the Mississippi Emeregecny Management Agency.
PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is receiving reports of extensive damage from ongoing severe weather Saturday morning. Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties are all reporting structural damage. MEMA is coordinating response efforts.
Search and Rescue teams are being deployed to assist Forrest County emergency management in the Hattiesburg area.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is reporting Interstate 59 north of Hattiesburg is closed due to debris. There are power lines and debris over a large area so the public is asked to avoid traveling. Severe weather is still moving through the southeastern part of the state.
The State Emergency Operations Center is activated providing resources as needed from counties. MEMA will provide updates as information becomes available.