MEMA releases updated report on April 19 severe weather event


PEARL, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency released an updated report on the April 19, 2020 severe weather. No additional fatalities have been reported, so there remains only one storm-related death from Marion County. 

The National Weather Service in Jackson says the EF-4 tornado reached winds of 170 mph, with a path of 54.2 miles long and a max width of 1 ¼ miles. The violent tornado began in southeastern Walthall County and tracked east/northeast through Marion, Lamar and Forrest Counties before dissipating in western Perry County.

At this time, nine counties have submitted damage reports to MEMA.

  • Amite – 7 homes damaged/affected
  • Forrest – 8 homes damaged
  • Hancock – 10 homes damaged/affected
  • Jackson – 1 home destroyed, 1 farm building destroyed
  • Lamar – 1 home and 3 mobile homes destroyed, 8 homes and 7 mobile homes with major damage, 2 businesses destroyed
  • Marion – Estimated 20 homes damaged, 1 Fire Station on Hurricane Creek Road destroyed
  • Perry – 3 homes damaged
  • Smith – 1 home with major damage
  • Walthall – 10 homes damaged/affected

For those that sustained damage during the April 19 severe weather, you’re encouraged to report that damage using our citizen self-reporting tool:

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