Mississippi governor declares state of emergency after deadly storms

JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) — Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has declared a state of emergency in all counties affected by severe storms that swept through the state on Friday, March 24.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reported that at least 23 people were killed in Friday night’s tornadoes. The deaths were reported in Sharkey, Humphreys, Carroll and Monroe counties.

According to the agency, dozens of people are injured and four people are missing as of 6:20 a.m. on Saturday March 25.

“I am devastated by the destruction and loss of life these storms have caused. The State of Mississippi will continue to do everything in its power to marshal all available resources to support our fellow Mississippi people in need. The state will be there to help them rebuild. We’re not going anywhere and we’re in it for the long haul. Please join me in praying for the family and friends of those who have lost loved ones during this difficult time,” said Reeves (R-Miss.).

Reeves directed all state agencies to carry out their emergency responsibilities as deemed necessary and set forth in Mississippi’s comprehensive emergency management plan.

MEMA officials announced the locations of shelters that have been opened for those affected by tornadoes.


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