MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Governor Tate Reeves has declared a state of emergency after storms ripped through Mississippi Friday night and into Saturday morning. The governor has requested an expedited timeframe for a Major Disaster Declaration due to the severity of the damage and loss of life.

Gov. Reeves issued the proclamation on Saturday after initial reports show that at least 25 people are dead and several injured after tornadoes made their way through the state.

“The scale of the damage and loss is evident everywhere affected today,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “From homes, to businesses, and even entire communities. Respond, recover, rebuild together. That is the mission.”

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said that search and rescue teams have been deployed to help victims impacted by the tornadoes. They confirmed early Saturday that 25 people have died so far, with four missing and dozens injured.

The agency said a few minutes later, “Unfortunately, these numbers are expected to change.”

In the aftermath of storms, the Oxford School District is doing their part. The school district said they will be accepting donations at the gate during the Oxford High School vs. Grenada baseball game at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Donations can be in the form of monetary donations or supplies (water, tarps, clothing, etc.)