> PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has been notified of a third death from Saturday’s storm system. A woman died of injuries sustained in an accident where a car struck a downed tree on a county road in Jasper County. The victim’s husband died in the same accident Saturday night. The third death was a man in Coahoma County who died when a tornado hit a mobile home.
> “Mississippi mourns the losses of those who died in this storm,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “Deborah and I are praying for their families during this difficult time.”
> The National Weather Service offices in Jackson and Memphis have confirmed five tornadoes in Mississippi:
> · EF-2 in Coahoma County through Rena Lara.
> · EF-1 in Tate County through Senatobia.
> · EF-2 in SW Bolivar County.
> · EF-0 in Warren County.
> · EF-0 in Hinds County.
> There are 16 homes, two schools, six businesses and nine agricultural buildings reported to be destroyed or suffering major damage. Damage assessments are still ongoing by county emergency managers.
> The counties reporting damages are as follows:
> Adams: Numerous trees down and power outages.
> Bolivar: Two homes destroyed/major damage and 11 minor. One agricultural building destroyed and one minor.
> Clarke: Lightning strike causing natural gas leak, situation cleared.
> Coahoma: Major damage to 12 homes and two school buildings. Minor damage to 50 homes. One death and at least one injury.
> Desoto: Damage to homes. Trees down and power outages.
> Jasper: Two deaths and one injury reported from vehicles hitting downed tree.
> Lafayette: Trees and power lines down.
> Marshall: Six homes and two businesses with minor damage. One injury.
> Panola: One home with major damage and five minor. Two agricultural buildings destroyed.
> Perry: One mobile home with major damage.
> Quitman: Reports of one injury and damage to several homes.
> Tate: Eight mobile homes destroyed/major damage and six with minor damage. Three businesses with major damage. Seven agricultural buildings destroyed/major damage.
> Tishomingo: One business destroyed.
> Tunica: Three homes destroyed/major damage and eight with minor damage. Two businesses destroyed/major damage. One agricultural building destroyed. One injury.
> Union: Two homes with major damage.
> The Mississippi Department of Education Crisis Response Team is assisting with damage assessments at the schools in Coahoma County.
> MEMA urges the public to report damages to your local Emergency Management Agency. For a list of contact numbers for your county, visitwww.msema.org/local-ema.
> The public is encouraged to follow MEMA on our website www.msema.org, mobile phone app, Twitter and Facebook for updates.