Mid-South storms bring heavy winds and flash flooding

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Heavy rains triggered flash floods, and strong winds brought down power lines, but not everybody in the Mid-South got wet.

Wednesday’s rain came down fast and furious for people living in Whitehaven and Southaven, flooding streets and homes.

“I’ve been here 22 years, and this has never happened,” said Sultana Mutee.

Water covered the Apollo and Holmes intersection, spilling into Mutee’s home. It destroyed everything in its path.

“It is flooded all in my house. My backyard is flooded. The whole house is flooded,” she said.

At one point, the water was so high, Mutee’s neighbors had to help get her car out of the driveway.

“The only thing I can do is pack a bag, lock my house up and leave, so that’s what I am going to do now,” she said.

The flood turned into a sight to see. Neighbors stopped on their way home from work to take pictures.

“Man, this is the first time I’ve seen this! This is amazing!”said Waymond Moore.

Winds showed no mercy across the Mid-South. They knocked down power lines, branches and trees.

Emergency crews were called in to get rid of trees that blocked off some roads for hours.

At the peak of the storm, MLGW reported more than 7,000 people were without power.

In between the storm’s chaos, a roof caved in at Exel Logistics Distribution Center in Southaven, Miss. It crushed a wall and destroyed 15,000 sq. ft. of the building around 4:45 p.m.

The company doesn’t know if it was weather related, but said workers got out “with bumps and bruises.”

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