Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) continues his out-of-state travel in Washington, D.C., where he’ll appear with House Republican leaders at an afternoon press conference to discuss health care. After stops in Virginia yesterday for gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, Barbour heads to New Hampshire and Iowa later this week — leading to speculation that he’s gearing up for a 2012 presidential bid.
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Associated Press – March 29, 2009 3:04 PM ET
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Governor Haley Barbour is expected Monday to survey tornado damage in Simpson County.
Almost 30 people were injured and dozens of homes and other structures were damaged or destroyed when a twister, packing winds of about 130 mph ripped through Magee in Simpson County early Thursday, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
On Friday, state emergency officials said tornadoes and high winds destroyed or heavily damaged many more homes than originally thought.
Ninety-four residences statewide were reported as destroyed or having major damage, MEMA said. Another 209 homes were reported affected by the storms.
Barbour has declared a state of emergency, opening the door for federal aid, and cleanup continues in many parts of the state.