MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Severe storms brought flash flood warnings, high winds and damage to the Mid-South on Sunday night.
The storms moved across the Mississippi River just before 10 p.m., knocking power out across northern Mississippi and parts of Arkansas.
According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, 11 people were killed and multiple others injured in the storms. One person was killed in Carroll County, four in Jefferson Davis, two in Jones, two in Lawrence, one in Panola and one in Walthall.
According to Entergy’s outage map, thousands of people from Clarksdale to DeSoto County are without power due to the storms. MLGW reported more than 8,000 homes and businesses are in the dark.
In Arkansas, the situation is even worse where more than 100,000 customers don’t have power. The problem could take days to fix.
The Oxford Police Department posted on Facebook, saying the city was experiencing downed lines and power outages in the area.
Mayor of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas Kevin Smith posted to Facebook to warn people of the damages the storms left across the city.
Helena – West Helena was one of the hardest hit areas. Strong winds swept through late Sunday evening, toppling trees, power lines and a number of buildings.
Among one of the buildings damaged was the Centennial Baptist Church – one of the oldest African American churches in the country and a National Historic landmark.
At one point, the situation in the city was so bad, the 911 and emergency dispatch lines were out, and ambulances couldn’t get to the hospital because of all the debris.
A number of people were rescued from their homes.