(Union County, MS) Storm damage is being reported in about seventeen counties in Mississippi. All because of a system that moved through Monday.
Wind gusts as high as sixty miles per hour toppled trees and ripped roofs off homes and businesses.
In Union County, about 75-miles from Memphis, the cleanup is underway.
And there’s plenty of evidence of just how powerful the storm was.
One witness told us, “This is the front yard. All the trees snapped in two and fell right in the drive way.”
Tuesday there were plenty of photo opportunities in Union County as people began assessing the damage.
Tt appears straight line winds Monday afternoon, toppled trees and sent sheet metal flying.
Brian Voyles was inside his shop in Ingomar, Mississippi when the storm hit, “That’s when I seen it coming. I let the door down and it blew the two panels in on me. Then I heard the roof being lifted off the shop. That’s when I escaped out the back door and was going towards the storm shelter.”
Voyles says his scramble to safety was more like running through a mine field, “Debris, sticks and everything flying at me. And actually one turned around and hit me aside the face. And I mean it was just ungodly. I was hearing trees break and everything else.”
Fourteen roads in Union County were blocked by downed trees Monday and a number of people lost power.
EMA Director Curt Clayton says crews worked quickly to get service restored, “We were a quarter of the county out of power between one o’clock, one thirty yesterday And seven o’clock last night when we got it back on.”
Winds hitting 60-miles per hour sent this tree crashing through the roof of a New Albany home and left this 18-wheeler dangling off a bridge on Highway 45 in Tupelo.
Meantime a huge tree that once stood in Marie Bayless’s front yard is now a stack of firewood. And she won’t soon forget when it came crashing down, “I don’t think it was a tornado. It didn’t look like it was circling, it just looked to me like a straight line wind. Just a hard, hard wind and rain, heavy rain.”