The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency released an update Wednesday on the impact of Monday's storms on the Magnolia State:
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received a confirmed report of another storm related death in Leake County, raising the total to 13 in the state as a result of tornadoes and severe weather on Monday. Damage is being reported in 23 counties with at least 945 homes destroyed or sustained major damage with a total of more than 1,750 homes affected. In addition preliminary assessments show 65 businesses destroyed or sustained major damage.
The counties reporting storm-related deaths are as follows:
Issaquena: One death.
Leake: One death
Lee: One death.
Rankin: One death.
Winston: Nine deaths, one child still missing.
Governor Phil Bryant has requested a Federal Disaster Declaration for affected counties in Mississippi and is awaiting a decision from President Obama. (Editor's note: That declaration was approved Wednesday night.)
A volunteer reception center will open at noon tomorrow (Thursday) in Winston County in the parking lot of the Louisville Coliseum, 201 Ivy Ave. in Louisville. Those wishing to volunteer are asked to come to the reception center to register so you can be used most effectively in the area in need.
If you are interested in volunteering in other parts of the state please visit www.volunteermississippi.org.
Two shelters are open in Lee and Winston counties:
Louisville- First Baptist Church, 305 S. Church Ave.
Tupelo- BanccorpSouth Building, 375 E. Main St.
Mississippi National Guardsmen are assisting with security in Lee County and the Mississippi Highway Patrol is assisting in Winston County. Gov. Bryant has made it clear that looting will not be tolerated.
MEMA urges the public to report damages to your local Emergency Management Agency. For a list of contact numbers for your county, visit www.msema.org/local-ema. For more information, go to MEMA’s website at www.msema.org or download the MEMA mobile app on your iOS or Android device.
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