January 18, 2024

MEMA Reports 5th Winter Weather-Related Death

Morgan Howard

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MEMA reported a 5th weather-related death on Thursday.

The death was in Rankin County.

This brings the total to five weather-related deaths since January 14th when the winter weather rolled into Mississippi.


MEMA has reported two more weather-related deaths.

This brings the total number of weather-related deaths to four.

According to MEMA, the two new deaths were reported in Chickasaw County on Hwy 15 just south of Houston.

The other two deaths happened in Humphreys and Sharkey counties.

MEMA is reminding people to limit time outdoors to prevent hypothermia and frostbite.

More dangerous cold is expected to impact the entire state of Mississippi beginning Friday night into Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service. Low temperatures could dip lower than 15 degrees. 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.

In many parts of the state, there is black ice on surfaces which increases the risk of falls and injuries.

MEMA shared the following information to help people prevent falling and injuries in icy conditions.

• Walk on designated walkways that have been treated for ice

• Take shorter steps and walk slower

• Wear proper footwear

• Get rid of distractions. Put away your phone and try not to carry heavy items.

Residents who need to warm up may seek shelter at a county or city-run warming center in your area. The full list of those shelters and safe rooms is here.

MEMA has many resources to help residents prepare for a storm, including the new MEMA app. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store free of charge. On the app, users can find checklists, shelter information, and customizable weather alerts tailored to each user.

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