- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The latest on the severe weather that swept through Mississippi (all times local):

7:55 p.m.

Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a state of emergency for Lauderdale County following severe storms and tornadoes that moved through the state Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Wednesday’s emergency declaration is an administrative tool that allows local governments to request state assistance to help with response and recovery associated with storm recovery.

Damage assessments show 31 homes destroyed or sustained major damage and 48 with minor damage.

Bryant, in a news release, said he wants to assure Mississippi citizens that the state will help local governments in any way that it can.

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11:15 a.m.

The National Weather Service is trying to determine how many tornadoes touched down in Mississippi.

Severe weather swept through Mississippi and other states on Tuesday.

Anna Wolverton, a weather service meteorologist in Jackson, says Wednesday that teams are looking at damage in eastern Mississippi to figure out whether it was caused by tornadoes or straight-line winds.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie says homes and at least one church were damaged in and around Collinsville, a small town a few miles northwest of Meridian.

Some student housing was damaged at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba.


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