Heavily damaged homes line the streets of a Hattiesburg neighborhood, just east of the USM campus. Residents found it hard to process the extent of devastation.
"It's a mess. Lot of devastation. A lot of these areas look worse than Katrina. Not as widespread as Katrina, but every bit as much devastation," said Kelly O'Neal, who brought his chainsaw to help neighbors clear their storm damaged properties.
Westminster Presbyterian had been one of the prettiest churches in town. Now, says pastor Steve Ramp, it is one of the most wounded.
"What this tells us is don't get too attached to your things. They could be gone in an instant," said the minister.
Damon Miller couldn't believe his eyes as he walked the neighborhood where he grew up.
"This is crazy. I'm at a loss for words right now," he said, shaking his head as he walked the storm damaged street.
"It's always amazing to see Mississippians and the resilience and determination. Families that are out working together, picking up debris around their homes," said Governor Phil Bryant, at a late morning news conference.
Officials say an early storm warning from the National Weather Service could possibly have saved lives; giving people enough time to protect themselves.
"I've always said, if we can get through these storms without any deaths and all we have to do is clean up the mess, it would be wonderful," said MEMA director, Robert Latham.
Eddie Simmons says he's thankful his girlfriend and her mother were at his house when the storm hit. Because their home took a powerful hit.
"I think it could have been a lot worse. And from what I've heard, no one died. You understand? So, that's a blessing right there," said Simmons.
It's a blessing that has left so many people, feeling thankful.
"There were some miracles here. Some silver linings. We're looking for them hard," said Pastor Ramp.
Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree was among the residents whose homes were damaged by the storm. At Monday's news conference, he vowed his city would come back, "stronger than we were before."
Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:34:48 GMT
The body of an unidentified man was found inside an 18 wheeler, Tuesday night. It happened at the weigh station on Interstate 20 westbound in Warren County. The State Highway Patrol and Warren CountyMore >>
MDOT enforcement officers went to check out a suspicious vehicle that had not moved all day. More >>
Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.More >>
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer. Coroner Gary Hargrove said Janaya's body was found in a bathroom.More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-23 10:53:07 GMT
The Biloxi City Council met Tuesday to discuss the next step in seeing the first pitch thrown at MGM Ballpark. The Council pushed forward to approve a construction bid.More >>
Construction of the new MGM Ballpark in Biloxi could get underway as soon as mid August. The city council met Tuesday to discuss the next step in seeing the first pitch thrown at MGM Ballpark. The council pushed forward to approve a construction bid.More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:51 AM EDT2014-07-23 10:51:08 GMT
About a dozen people made a lot of noise Tuesday night in Gulfport, calling for justice for Janaya Thompson.More >>
About a dozen people made a lot of noise Tuesday night in Gulfport, calling for justice for Janaya Thompson. They held up colorful homemade signs and chanted at the corner of Three Rivers Road and Angela Drive. That's close to the area where the five-year-old's body was found last Thursday.More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-07-23 10:52:01 GMT
A Gulfport neighborhood came together Tuesday evening hoping to learn more about a report of an attempted kidnapping that happened earlier this week in their community.More >>
A Gulfport neighborhood came together Tuesday evening hoping to learn more about a report of an attempted kidnapping that happened earlier this week in their community. Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania put rumors to rest about the attempted kidnapping and the Janaya Thompson murder case having anything at all in common. He also warned everyone about spreading unconfirmed information.More >>