• Gov. Phil Bryant Issues State of Emergency for Marion and Jones Counties Following Severe Storms

    JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a state of emergency this evening for Marion and Jones counties, along with other parts of the state affected by severe weather. A state of emergency is an administrative tool that authorizes the use of additional state resources to aid in storm response efforts.

    “I have declared a state of emergency to assist local officials with any available state resources that are needed in areas affected by severe weather, specifically in Jones and Marion counties,” Gov. Bryant said. “The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are continuing to monitor the situation in the region.”

    There have been reports of a tornado that moved through Marion County on Tuesday afternoon.

    There have been reports of damage to both homes and businesses in the city of Columbia due to severe weather. Local power companies were reporting 6,300 customers without power as of 2:45 p.m. in Marion County.

    In Jones County there were reports of damaged homes along with 935 customers without power as of 3:30 p.m.

    The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has personnel in both counties to assist with emergency response.

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