Storm briefs

By NEMS Daily Journal

Sunday’s rain in Tupelo sets a daily record
– Tupelo’s 3.15 inches of rain Sunday broke a daily record and put the city on track, in two days, to beat its monthly average for the entire month of May.
Combined with 1.35 inches Saturday, the total already is 4.5 inches. “So we’re just an inch away from the normal monthly total,” said Jonathan Howell, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Memphis.
Tupelo typically sees about 5.80 inches of rainfall in May.
The rest of this week should be clear, Howell said. There is a “small chance” for rain on Friday, though, he said.
Prentiss, Alcorn Schools open today
Alcorn County and Prentiss County School Districts will both hold classes as normal today. Both districts were closed Monday because of storm-related flooding. However, Alcorn County Schools will not have buses in operation today, Superintendent Stacy Suggs said.
Tippah gets early look at storm’s toll
– The two storms that struck Tippah County over the weekend caused no fatalities, but did a great deal of destruction, according to a preliminary damage assessment presented at Tippah County supervisors meeting Monday.
According to the report, the violent weather felled countless trees, knocked out power to thousands, did varying amounts of damage to at least 90 homes and flooded the Tippah County Department of Human Resources Department.
It also destroyed the Brownfield voting precinct building.
Schools were closed in both the North Tippah and South Tippah school districts due to storm damage to many roads and bridges.
Damage reports
– The following counties had reported damages to the State Emergency Operations Center in Pearl by Monday:
– Alcorn: One death; multiple roads flooded; homes and apartments affected.
– Benton: Two deaths; four injuries; 11 homes and mobile homes destroyed, six with major damage and 23 reporting minor damage; four injuries. Three homes received major damage; five homes received minor damage.
– DeSoto: Flash flooding.
– Lafayette: One death; two homes and mobile homes destroyed, one with major damage and 20 homes and mobile homes with minor damage.
– Lee: One death; trees down throughout the county.
– Marshall: Twenty one homes and mobile homes with minor damage; 10 roads with major damage; 12 roads with minor damage.
– Montgomery: Two homes and six roads with minor damage.
– Panola: Several roads closed due to flooding; water in homes.
– Prentiss: Thirty-eight roads closed due to flooding; 10 roads have been damaged and closed.
– Tippah: Homes and buildings damaged; trees and power lines down; local roads impassable due to flooding.
– Tishomingo: Several homes uninhabitable; numerous road closings and other damaged due to flooding.
– Tunica: Flooding; power outages.
– Union: One death; 11 homes and mobile homes with minor damage; three businesses with minor damage; two bridges with minor damage.
– Webster: One injury reported; 60 roads with minor damage; three roads with major damage and one road destroyed.

Unemployment benefits extended to storm victims
– The Mississippi Department of Employment Security said Monday that people in Monroe, Union and Oktibbeha counties who were unable to work because of severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began April 23 may apply for unemployment benefits.
Those covered include self-employed individuals, those who are unemployed as a result of the major disaster, those who were unable to reach their jobs because the disaster prevented their travel and those who were scheduled to begin work but couldn’t do so because of the weather.
The deadline to apply for benefits is June 2
Shelter opens in Abbeville church, MEMA reports
– A shelter has been opened in Abbeville at Abbeville Baptist Church on Long Street, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Said. For more information, contact Pastor Randy Hope at (662) 801-2697.
Gov. Barbour announces federal aid for Oktibbeha
– JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour has announced federal assistance for Oktibbeha County residents hit by severe weather April 24.
In a news release, Barbour says the residents must contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Other counties approved for FEMA Individual Assistance include Monroe, Union, Attala, Choctaw, Holmes, Warren and Yazoo.
The tornado killed 10 people statewide.