Five tornadoes confirmed from Wednesday’s severe weather outbreak

Five tornadoes have been confirmed, over 100 homes were impacted, and at the moment, nine counties have reported damage.  Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says the following damage reports serve only as initial assessments from the county emergency management offices and can change as MEMA receives additional reports and assessments.

Updated damage reports by county (numbers subject to change):

  • Attala: Six homes damaged; one business damaged, six farm buildings with damage
  • Clarke: 25 homes damaged, 15 roads closed, Enterprise K-12 School District remains closed (02/02/2020)
  • Holmes: One home damaged
  • Jasper: Sixteen homes damaged; two businesses damaged
  • Lauderdale: 18 homes damaged; one publicly owned building damaged
  • Leake: Three homes damaged; one poultry house destroyed
  • Marion: One home damaged
  • Simpson: Five homes damaged; one farm building damaged
  • Yazoo: 31 homes damaged, 1 business, and two roads damaged

The National Weather Service conducted surveys Thursday and confirmed five tornadoes during Wednesday’s storms.

Confirmed tornadoes:

  • Attala County: EF-1
    • Max winds: 95 MPH
    • Path length: 1.66 miles
    • Max width: 300 yards
  • Attala County: EF-2
    • Max winds: 112 MPH
    • Path length: 5.89 miles
    • Max width: 800 yards
  • Clarke/Jasper/Lauderdale counties: EF-2
    • Max winds: 125 MPH
    • Path length: 60.05 miles
    • Max width: 1,320 yards
  • Yazoo County: EF-1
    • Max winds: 93 MPH
    • Path length: 8.17 miles
    • Max width: 800 yards
  • Yazoo/Holmes/Attala counties: EF-2
    • Max winds: 112 MPH
    • Path length: 18.83 miles
    • Max width: 900 yards

Shelters:

Yazoo County – L.T. Miller Community Center, 930 Lamar Avenue in Yazoo City

State Assets/Resources Deployed:

Clarke:

  • 1,000 sandbags
  • 50 tarps
  • 10 cases of bottled water
  • One Disaster Reservist
  • One Area Coordinator
  • Law enforcement to help with damage assessments and traffic control
  • Two debris removal teams to assist with clearing trees from roadways

Lauderdale:

  • 50 tarps
  • One Area Coordinator to assist with damage assessments

Jasper:

  • One Area Coordinator to assist with damage assessments

Yazoo:

  • 50 tarps
  • One UAS drone and pilot to support damage assessments and situational awareness due to storm damage
  • One Area Coordinator to support county with Emergency Operations Center operations and with damage assessments

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated and monitoring any requests or unmet needs from the county emergency management offices.

The public is encouraged to report damage to homes or businesses to their county emergency management office. A directory of all the offices is online at http://www.msema.org/county-ema/