Mississippi Governor Tates Reeves (R) has declared a state of emergency after severe storms and tornadoes left at least seven dead on Easter Sunday.
Thousands of homes and businesses across Mississippi lost power on Sunday as several storms and tornadoes hit the state, killing at least seven people, according to The Weather Channel.
Reeves declared a state of emergency on Sunday evening. “This is not how anyone wants to celebrate Easter Sunday,” the governor tweeted. “As we reflect on the death and resurrection on this Easter Sunday, we have faith that we will all rise together.”
Reeves also said: “To the people of Mississippi, know that you are not alone. The state and our first responders are working around the clock and will not rest until this is over. We are mobilizing all resources available to protect our people and their property.”
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency confirmed three fatalities occurred in Jefferson Davis County, two in Lawrence Country and one in Walthall County. All three counties are near the Louisiana state line. The Clarion Ledger reported an additional death in Jones County. According to WTOK, the two individuals killed in Lawrence County were a sheriff’s deputy and his wife.
Newsweek reached out to Reeves’ office for additional information.
Other injuries were reported in Walthall County where at least five homes were knocked down. Severe weather also hit Chattooga County in Georgia on Sunday evening, destroying houses and other buildings.
Before the storms hit Mississippi, the weather service said it had rained down on northern Louisiana, damaging up to 300 houses and other buildings. There are currently no reports of serious injuries or deaths in Louisiana caused by the storms.
“The images and reports of major tornado damage in the Monroe area are heartbreaking, and my prayers are with the people there,” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) tweeted. “We are in contact with local officials in the area to provide support. I hope all of Louisiana is on high alert right now.”
The Monroe Regional Airport in Louisiana suspended flights after debris began falling onto its runways. Airport Director Ron Phillips told News Star that the storms have caused between $25 and $30 million in damage to planes stored inside the hanger.
“Pray for our city! Many neighbors & friends suffered catastrophic damage,” Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo tweeted. “We are hurting; but not broken.”
According to PowerOutage.us, more than 360,000 homes and businesses lost power across eight states at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Read Mississippi’s emergency declaration here.