PHOTOS: Mid-South storms topple trees, leave thousands without power

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Electric crews have restored power to more than half of the thousands of homes and businesses that were left in the dark across the Mid-South overnight, but they still have work to do.

Around noon on Thursday, Memphis Light, Gas and Water released a statement saying that about 32 crews will be working around the clock to the remaining  18,000 that are still without power.

At the height of the problem, outages left nearly 40,000 customers in the dark. The outages were spread all across Shelby County.  The worst problems appeared to be in Raleigh, Berclair, Midtown and South Memphis. In a Facebook post, MLGW says it is aware of the outages and working as quickly, and safely, as possible to restore power.

Entergy also reported numerous outages in northwest Mississippi and eastern Arkansas.  According to the utility’s web site, some parts of Crittenden County may not have service restored until Thursday afternoon.

According to the National Weather Service, a wind gust of 67 miles per hour was recorded at the Memphis Airport as storms passed through the area overnight.

A number of trees and power lines were damaged as the storm rolled through.

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