PEARL – Updated damage reports to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency show a total of more than 1,400 homes damaged in eight counties, 715 of them were destroyed or sustained major damage. There were also four confirmed deaths and 60 injuries from tornadoes and severe storms on Jan 21-22.
Gov. Phil Bryant sent an official request for a Federal Disaster Declaration to President Donald J. Trump Monday night. The request is for Individual Assistance to help affected residents in Forrest, Lamar, Lauderdale and Perry counties.
A breakdown of damage by county:
The National Weather Service in Jackson confirmed an EF-3 tornado struck portions of Lamar and Forrest counties, and an EF-2 touched town in Lauderdale County. NWS Mobile ruled an EF-2 tornado struck Perry County.
There are an estimated 1,180 residents without power, mostly in the Hattiesburg area, according to the Dixie Electric Power Association.
The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated with MEMA and key state agencies coordinating resources to the affected areas.
MS Department of Human Services & American Red Cross:
MS Department of Public Safety:
MS National Guard:
MS Department of Health:
MS Department of Education:
MS Department of Environmental Quality:
MS Emergency Management Agency:
Gov. Phil Bryant declared a State of Emergency and signed an executive order to authorize use of the National Guard on January 21st.
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