Thursday, 11 April 2013

Mississippi Gov. Bryant declares state of emergency after deadly tornado

Mississippi Gov. Bryant declares state of emergency after deadly tornado, A deadly tornado that tore across east-central Mississippi around noon Thursday has prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency for the areas impacted.

Gov. Phil Bryant declared the emergency for Kemper and Noxubee counties, where multiple homes were damaged or destroyed by a large and violent tornado between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reported one person was killed and five others were injured in Kemper County.

“This state of emergency will help expedite the support needed as local and state officials work together to assess the damages,” Gov. Bryant said.

The state of emergency is an administrative tool that allows the state to offer support and resources to the areas affected by this weather event.

MEMA has already deployed state resources including a forward command center to support the local governments as they respond to this emergency.

Any other counties impacted by severe storms will also be covered, according to the governor's office. Storm damage has been reported in at least three other counties.

Emergency management officials reported trees and power lines blown in Clarke and Clay counties with some minor roof damage to homes and a church. In Forrest County, a fire station and at least one home was damaged with numerous trees blown down in the Macedonia area.

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