Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is declaring the state’s second state of emergency in less than a week due to tornadoes.
The Republican governor issued the proclamation Friday, a day after tornadoes swept across the state. The storms are blamed for three deaths in Mississippi – two men who were driving and a third man crushed by a tree he was cutting up after the severe weather struck.
The proclamation will speed state resources to affected areas. Among the hardest-hit areas is the town of Morton, about 30 miles east of Jackson.