MEMA reports 6 weather-related deaths in Mississippi since Jan. 14

Published 8:32 am Saturday, January 20, 2024

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has reported that six people have died in the past week due to the winter storm and below-freezing temperatures.

No cold-related deaths have been reported in Lafayette County.

The six deaths since Jan. 14 occurred in Washington, Chickasaw, Rankin, Humphreys and Sharkey counties.

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More dangerous cold is expected to impact the entire state of Mississippi today, according to the National Weather Service. The high temperature is not expected to go above 24 degrees tonight with the low dropping back down to 10 degrees.

There is currently a Wind Chill Advisory in effect for Lafayette County through 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Everyone is asked to limit their time outdoors due to the risks of hypothermia and frostbite. Continue to keep pipes protected and faucets dripping to prevent pipes from bursting.

Signs and Symptoms of hypothermia include:

  • Shivering
  • Exhaustion
  • Confusion
  • Fumbling Hands
  • Memory loss or slurred speech
  • Bright red, cold skin

Residents in Oxford and Lafayette County can go to any fire station if they need shelter from the cold.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is advising drivers in north Mississippi to stay off the roadways from Grenada to the Tennessee state line.

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