One storm related death, multiple homes damaged during Sunday tornado in Mississippi

One storm related death, one home destroyed and multiple homes damaged were reported across five counties according to the initial report from MEMA.

The initial report read:

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is assisting counties affected by the April 19, 2020 severe weather. At the time of this release there are more than 8,000 customers without power across the state. One storm-related death from Marion County has been reported to the agency.

At this time, five counties have submitted damage reports to MEMA.

These are initial reports, numbers could change throughout today and the upcoming days.

(Not all five counties are listed below)

  • Forrest – 8 homes damaged, 25 roads closed due to debris
  • Marion – 20 homes damaged, 20+ roads closed due to debris, one fire station on Hurricane Creek Road Destroyed
  • Jackson – one home destroyed, one home major damage

For those that sustained damage during the April 19 severe weather, you’re encouraged to report that damage using our citizen self-reporting tool: https://www.msema.org/contact/crisistrackcsr/

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is working with local county EMA directors to assess the need for long-term sheltering. The statewide shelter-in-place remains in effect. We want to remind people to social distance as best as possible and if you’re in a public shelter, wear some kind of mask to cover your mouth and nose to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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