Early morning storms leaves 35k without power and homes damaged

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —  Saturday's early morning storms caused nearly 35,000 MLGW customers to be without power.

According to Memphis Light Gas and Water, the storms caused extensive damage to the power grid. Only 18,000 customers are still left without power after MLGW crews continue to work on the damage.

MLGW said much of the damage is located in the Whitehaven, Hickory Hill, Germantown, Collierville, and South Memphis areas.

The Impact

Sitting outside their homes with no power people in Whitehaven are feeling the aftermath of Saturday morning's storms.

Like Ray Smith's home where a tree branch now sits through his roof.

"You gon' have to be careful because you see all that stuff on that right there," Smith said.

He and his wife were in the home when the storms hit and are happy to say they're safe.

"We're thankful the Lord spared us because she was laying in the bed and I was by the front door," Smith said.

Smith says he normally would lay right beside his wife but had already woken up and heard debris flying down the road.

"When she heard that evidently this is what really triggered that and that's when she got up and came on out there she was at that door," Smith said.

Smith has damage to his bathroom and bedroom and even has buckets sitting on his floor.

"I had to put that bucket there to catch that water dripping from there," Smith said.

Disaster relief was out in the neighborhood Saturday helping those in need.  A family who lives in this home was inside when a tree came through their kitchen.

Tthe huge tree even damaged the two cars sitting in their driveway.

Lakeisha Dotson and her son Kelvion live just two houses down and have a tree sitting on top of their home.

The same tree they were both skeptical about when they moved.

"It didn't fall, the big tree. But the branches did but it could be worse but it's not," Dotson said.

That's how most residents in this neighborhood feel because they say all that was damaged is fixable.

MLGW said most of the customers will have their power back in the next 24 to 48 hours.

They expect all the affected areas to have full power restored by Wednesday.