OXFORD – Wednesday’s heavy rains and high winds that peppered the region caused damage to several properties in Lafayette County.
Oxford Emergency Management Agency coordinator Jimmy Allgood said the storms damaged six homes, a church, and several vehicles. Allgood said no one was injured.
“We had trees down on several houses and cars,” said Allgood. “The roof was damaged at the Church of Christ and we had a gas station that had the awning over the gas pumps ripped off. We also had several power lines down all over the city, causing power outages over a large area, but all of the city’s power was restored by 2:30 a.m.”
Lafayette County Emergency Management Agency coordinator David Shaw said there also were homes damaged in the county by trees, which also caused downed power lines. Power was restored across Lafayette County shortly after noon Thursday.
Other areas of Northeast Mississippi also saw damage from the storm. Tippah County had some trees down and power outages. Lee County had trees down as well.
Tippah Electric reported less than 30 customers without power as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday after restoring power to more than 1,000 customers.
Straight-line winds flipped a camper and damaged a tin roof at the home of Eddie Barkley of 2201 CR 501 in Ripley. Barkley, 73, was next door at the home of his son Johnny Barkley when the storm hit. No one was reported injured.
“My dad was at my house because he’s afraid of storms,” said Johnny Barkley.
Johnny said he saw weather reports indicating that Ripley was in the path of the storm, but wasn’t too concerned. However, when the winds and rains started pounding the area, he said it was a different story.
“All of a sudden it started raining and the wind started blowing. I looked out the window and I couldn’t see anything,” Johnny said. “It was about 10 minutes after 10 p.m. I don’t know if it was a tornado that didn’t touch down or straight-line winds, but it lasted about 30 seconds.”
Johnny said when the winds died down, they looked outside a second time and noticed tin caught in a fence line of a garden between the two houses. He said his wife drove back to his father’s house and noticed the camper turned upside down and a hole in the shop roof.
“We had talked my dad into spending the night and I’m glad he was there,” Johnny said.
Southern Sentinel reporter Kedrick Storey contributed to this story.
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