Wind damage in north Mississippi after storms

Utility trucks like these in Tippah were all over North Mississippi Monday and Tuesday cleaning up from high winds and strong storms. (DJournal photo)

From Media Reports

JACKSON – Severe storms that moved through parts of North Mississippi Monday and Tuesday left behind downed trees and power lines but there were no reported injuries.

The National Weather Service in Memphis said there also were reports of straight line winds of up to 70 miles per hour.

WTVA reported one of the hardest hit areas in Monday’s storm was Belmont in Tishomingo County. Chief Deputy Mike Kemp said there’s damage along Main Street and Vice Mayor Steve Smith is asking people to stay away so the town can clean up the debris left in the storm’s wake.

In Union County, Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said the storm knocked out power to the jail but a generator kicked in to continue providing power.

Lee County reported downed trees and power lines as well as damage to a house in Mooreville.

Soon after Monday’s storms rolled through, damages was also reported in Nettleton and Guntown. Trees and limbs were down and, in some cases, left on top of vehicles and houses.

For most of the day Tuesday in Saltillo, the public works department spent the day collecting some of those downed limbs and other debris from the storm after it blew through, WTVA reported.

Mike Jackson with Saltillo Public Works said, “Just limbs that have broken off. If they can get them to the curb, the roadside where we can get access to it, we’ll come to pick it up.”

Dump truck after dump truck loads are then taken away from neighborhoods.

Jackson said, “We have a place we burn when we carry this off and pile it up. When it’s the right conditions, we burn.”

It makes for a busy day for crews that didn’t expect to be out doing this kind of work on this day.

Meantime, in places like Mooreville Tuesday, residents like John Blanchard sized up the damage done to his home as he shares what happened during the fast moving storm.

Blanchard said, “First the lights blinked a few times and then the power went off. I noticed the shingles on the roof. Some of them had blown completely over the house and were in the back yard.”

He says he knows it was much worse in other places and considers himself fortunate.

Blanchard said, “Now the clean up and the insurance company!”

The county’s 911 director said from the northern tip of the county to the southern most part, many areas felt the impact of the high winds.

Residents as far away as Montgomery County also experienced high winds and power outages.

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