Governor declares state of emergency

PEARL, MISS (WDAM) - Governor Haley Barbour has declared a state of emergency following the severe weather system which passed though parts of Mississippi Wednesday.

A preliminary survey by the National Weather Service in Jackson confirms the damage in Simpson County is the result of an EF 3 tornado.

According to the weather service the storm responsible for the damage began about five miles south west of Magee around 1:30 a.m. and continued on to the Smith County line, damaging dozens of homes and causing numerous injuries.

An EF 3 tornado can produce winds from 136-165 mph.

This morning Governor Haley Barbour declared a State of Emergency for all counties reporting damages from storms which have impacted at least 12 Mississippi counties in the past 24 hours.

The State of Emergency will also allow any future damage reported from forecasted storms over the next couple of days to also be included.

The following is a damage report released today by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency:

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  • Adams:  Numerous trees and power lines down county wide.
  • Amite:  Trees and power lines down and wide spread power outages.
  • Jasper:  Three homes damaged, one injury.
  • Jefferson Davis: One home damaged, trees down.
  • Jones:  29 homes damaged, two businesses damaged, three injuries.
  • Lauderdale: Two homes major damage, nine homes minor damage, one business destroyed, one business minor damage.
  • Lawrence: Three homes damaged.
  • Lincoln:  Trees and power lines down.
  • Madison:  Trees and power lines down.
  • Simpson:  60 homes damaged, 20 injuries; 13 patients transported to Magee General, four patients transported to Simpson General, three patients taken to UMC.
  • Wilkinson:  One home damaged, Field Memorial Hospital on generator power.
  • Yazoo:  Trees down, power outages.