Thunderstorm damages homes, snaps utility poles in Tunica County

TUNICA COUNTY, Miss. —  A powerful thunderstorm in Tunica County ripped through Tuesday afternoon, destroying homes and taking down utility poles and trees.

“I’ve been out here 17 years, and I have never seen anything like this,” said Tunica County resident Steve Christian.

Rain soaked the streets, and wind left no mercy.

“This home was completely anchored down.  It was picked up and slammed into that home,” said Debra Yelvington, Buck Island Mobile Homes manager.

A mobile home in the back of the park was ripped from its foundation and tossed 60 feet from its front steps into another mobile home.

“This is lot number 72, and it was ready to rent,” said Yelvington.

Thankfully, no one had moved into the trailer yet, or the one it smashed into.

“It was very, very powerful winds, and there was a lot of damage throughout the entire park,” she said.

The storm tore off roofs on homes nearby. People say it is a miracle no one was hurt.

“It sounded like a train was coming closer and closer, and I got down on my knees in a lower spot in the bathroom,” said Tunica County resident Benjamin Barnes.

Winds snapped 19 utility poles in half, including a dozen on Kirby Road.

More than 1,200 people came home from work to no power, and even more fought traffic because stop lights on Highway 61 weren’t working.

Utility crews say they will work throughout the night, but each snapped pole takes up to four hours to replace.

It won’t be until at least Wednesday before everyone’s power in Tunica County is turned back on.


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