MEMA releases updated damage reports for April 12, 19
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to respond to the severe weather that hit the state on April 12 and one week later on April 19.
The National Weather Service confirmed a total of 15 tornadoes on April 12 — two were EF-0, seven were EF-1, three were EF-2, one was EF-3 and two were rated EF-4.
As of Monday, 34 counties have submitted damage reports to MEMA, reporting more than 1,400 homes impacted by the severe weather on Easter Sunday. Eighty businesses were also impacted.
Total number of homes impacted per county (not all 34 counties are listed):
- Bolivar – 51
- Carroll –2
- Chickasaw – 15
- Clarke –35
- Coahoma – 37
- Covington – 297
- Grenada – 112
- Humphreys – 4
- Jasper – 80
- Jefferson Davis – 164
- Jones – 386
- Lafayette – 12
- Lawrence – 47
- Marion – 1
- Newton – 13
- Panola – 55
- Rankin –1
- Smith – 16
- Sunflower – 11
- Tallahatchie – 20
- Tate – 12
- Walthall – 23
- Yalobusha – 11
- Yazoo – 7
No additional fatalities have been reported for the April 19 storms, so there remains only one storm-related death from Marion County.
The EF-4 tornado reached winds of 170 mph, with a path 54.2 miles long and a max width of 1.25 miles, according to the National Weather Service in Jackson. The tornado began in southeastern Walthall County and moved east-northeast through Marion, Lamar and Forrest counties before dissipating in western Perry County.
Nine counties have submitted damage reports to MEMA as of Monday evening.
- Amite – 7 homes damaged/affected
- Forrest – 8 homes damaged
- Hancock – 10 homes damaged/affected
- Jackson – 1 home destroyed, 1 farm building destroyed
- Lamar – 1 home and 3 mobile homes destroyed, 8 homes and 7 mobile homes with major damage, 2 businesses destroyed
- Marion – Estimated 20 homes damaged, 1 Fire Station on Hurricane Creek Road destroyed
- Perry – 3 homes damaged
- Smith – 1 home with major damage
- Walthall – 10 homes damaged/affected
Damages reported may change as more counties submit data or counties submit updated information.
Anyone who sustained damage during the storms of either weekend can self-report by going to www.msema.org/contact/CrisisTrackCSR.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to work 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.
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