A flying tree struck this truck on Highway 45 near the Kemper County/ Noxubee County line.
A flying tree struck this truck on Highway 45 near the Kemper County/ Noxubee County line.
By Steve Swogetinsky

Kemper Messenger


Kemper County experienced some damage during last week’s weather but thankfully nothing as severe as its neighboring counties.

Emergency operations coordinator Ben Dudley has there was a tree on a house in Preston, and another house had its roof blown off in DeKalb. Expect for trees being down, that was apparently the extent of the damage.

The concession stand at the ball park in DeKalb was destroyed.

There was no damage reported in Scooba or on the East Mississippi Community College campus.

“The weather service has not come and its survey yet,” Dudley said. “It was reported that there was some rotation in the storm that went over DeKalb. We’ll know after the weather service comes through.”

There was extensive property damage in Philadelphia and Neshoba County. Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency for Neshoba County after at least three tornadoes and strong straight line winds caused wide-spread damage across Central Mississippi last Thursday.

Today, residents in Philadelphia and Neshoba County are the cleaning debris and there is a lot of it. Two FE-1 tornadoes hit the city of Philadelphia and at least one other tornado crossed the southwest side of the county. Local officials clocked straight line winds at over 100 miles per hours.

Even the Neshoba County Fairgrounds received considerable damage. With power poles broken and lines down everywhere, Fair Association officials said the power will not be turned on May 6 as schedule and did not know when it would be.

Elected officials met Friday morning. The Board of Supervisors declared a state of emergency. This has led to Governor Bryant to declare state of emergency. A possible federal state of emergency may be pending.

“By declaring a state of emergency, we will be able to ask for help and assistance from the state and other available resources,” County Administrator Jeff Mayo said. “It will be in effect for 30 days. All of our activities for now are geared at emergency response.”

One person died in the storm in Neshoba County. Ronald Moreland, 81, of Newton, was killed when a tree fell on his vehicle around 5:30 p.m. Moreland was driving in the northbound on Highway 15 South around, according to a report from Mississippi Highway Patrol.