8 dead, 2 missing after Mississippi tornado outbreak

Jackson, MS (WJTV) – As emergency officials in Mississippi continue rescue and recovery efforts following a deadly tornado outbreak, another death and another missing person have been reported to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

According to MEMA, Coahoma County has reported one death as a result of the storm. That brings the number of storm-related deaths in the state to eight.

Four deaths were reported in Benton County, two in Marshall County, one in Coahoma County and one in Tippah County.

Michael Nunnally
Michael Nunnally is missing from Benton County after storms

Benton County officials have reported another missing person – bringing the total number missing in that area to two. One of those missing is Michael Nunnally.

More than 60 people were injured as a result of the storms that ripped through the state.

The storms caused damage to more than 100 homes, mobile homes and businesses. Crews continue assessing the widespread damage.

On Thursday, Governor Phil Bryant issued a State of Emergency for Benton, Coahoma, Marshall, Panola, Prentiss, Quitman and Tippah counties and other affected areas.

As more rain pushes through some of the affected areas, emergency management officials continue monitoring the devastated areas. Six counties have reported flash flooding, flooding to homes or damage from storms that hit Friday. MEMA says there have been 10 water rescues in Monroe County due to flooding.

We’re told the State Emergency Operations Center will continue to monitor the situation over the holiday weekend.

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