Emergency declaration includes county

From Press, Staff Reports

Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Monday for Webster and other counties impacted by freezing rain, flooding and severe weather.

Nearly 60 Mississippi counties reported effects from the storms, including Webster, where schools were dismissed early Monday. Power outages occurred in parts of the county on Monday and Tuesday.

The state of emergency is an administrative tool that allows the state to offer support to the areas impacted by the weather event. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency was working with state and local officials to monitor winter weather moving through the northern part of the state on Tuesday.

Because of the accumulation of ice in many portions of northern Mississippi, the National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for much of north Mississippi, including Webster County, through Wednesday morning.