Bryant declares State of Emergency for areas hit by severe weather

Damage in Holmes County (Photo: WJTV)

UPDATE:  Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency for the areas affected by Sunday’s severe weather.

MEMA and Bryant held a news conference Monday to provide an update on cleanup efforts.

Officials said they received damged reports in 28 of the 82 counties in the state. The State of Emergency is an administrative tool that allows local governments to request state assistance for response and recovery associated with the storms.

MEMA said its major priorities are getting power restored and damage assessments in the affected counties.


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to sign a State of Emergency on the severe storms that passed through Mississippi on Sunday.

Bryant and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. Monday to give updates about damage assessments and cleanup efforts that are happening throughout the state.

The National Weather Service in Jackson said four EF-1 tornadoes touched down in Hinds County. Surveyors will also assess damage in other areas over the next few days.

Two people died Sunday as a result of the storms.

A 7-year-old was electrocuted in Rankin County while unplugging a golf cart charger. The other death was reported in Holmes County. According to the family members of the victim, Carlton Hurt died after a tree fell on his home, causing a beam to fall on top of him.

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