While no lives were lost, there was significant destruction to homes and property and that has prompted the Salvation Army to issue an appeal for donations.
“We are in need of donations to support our response to the Hattiesburg tornadoes,” said Mark D. Jones, spokesman for the Salvation Army Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division.
Jones said those wanting to donate can contact this link to make a financial donation or to find out other ways to help tornado victims or assist in tornado relief efforts.
Hattiesburg tornado donations: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/disaster
Donors can also contact The Salvation Army Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division
1450 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202
Office; (601)961-7709 Cell: (601) 278-2100
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of damage from nine counties as a result of severe weather that moved through the state on Sunday.
There were at least 63 injuries, two critical and the rest minor. There are approximately 7,000 customers still without power.
Detailed damage assessments are ongoing in the affected counties but early estimates show several hundred homes and businesses have been affected.
Preliminary data from National Weather Service in Jackson Survey teams report the tornado in the Hattiesburg area at least EF-3 with maximum winds of 140 mph in Hattiesburg and 145 mph in the West Hattiesburg/Oak Grove area. Surveys are still ongoing.
Gov. Phil Bryant declared a State of Emergency Sunday night for Lawrence, Marion, Lamar, Forrest and any other counties affected by the severe weather. The State of Emergency allows for the use of state resources and assets to support local governments in their response efforts as well as legal protection against price gouging if necessary.