Saturday, January 21, 2017

Updated Severe Weather Damage Reports: 10:30 a.m.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has confirmed three 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.

Search and Rescue:
Two state search and rescue teams, Mississippi Task Force Two and Three have been deployed to Forrest County.

MS Department of Public Safety:
28 troopers have deployed to assist the Hattiesburg Police Department and Forrest County with search and rescue and traffic control.

MS Department of Transportation:
  • Highway 43 in Marion County is closed due to flooding. All other major state roadways are open.
  • There are power lines and debris over a large area so the public is asked to avoid travelling.
  • Eight MDOT Law Enforcement Officers have been deployed to assist the Hattiesburg Police Department
Power Outages:
There are more than 16,000 customers without power statewide.

Preliminary damage reports by county:
  •  Numerous homes damaged in cities of Hattiesburg and Petal.
  •  Fire Dept. in Petal damaged.
  •  William Carey College damaged.
  •  Numerous injuries reported
  • ·State’s search and rescue team deployed
  •  Salvation Army building damaged
  •  Multiple injuries reported
  •  Multiple homes damaged, one injury reported.
  •  Trees and power lines down.
  •  Numerous homes damaged.
  •  Homes damaged.
Damage assessments are ongoing by county and city officials.

MEMA will provide updates as information becomes available. The best way to get up-to-date information during this event is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter @msema.