By Lloyd Gray
By Lena Mitchell
Severe late-night storms cut a swath across the northeast corner of Mississippi late Monday night, downing dozens of trees and clipping power lines across Alcorn, Prentiss and Tishomingo counties.
Beginning about 11 p.m., crews from the Corinth street department and Alcorn County volunteer fire departments received calls about toppled trees and limbs.
Crews cleared five trees that fell across Shiloh Road in Corinth and trees and limbs from a total of 24 sites in east Corinth and neighborhoods off north Madison Street, said Street Commissioner Jim Bynum.
The damage extended through the town of Farmington, said Alcorn Emergency Management Director Ricky Gibens, with trees falling across power lines and through the roofs of four or five homes.
At one time the whole east side of the county was without power, he said. Crews were still out working after 5 p.m. Tuesday to restore power.
Similar damage struck Tishomingo County, said Emergency Management Agency Director Bill Strickland.
The county worked about 30 different calls for trees and power lines downed, with two trees falling on houses.
The storm appeared to come into the county from McNairy County, Tenn., he said, and did its damage in the Burnsville and Iuka areas north, then continued south through Tishomingo before turning east toward Alabama.
Damage reports from Prentiss County were in the east area in the Cairo community, which is south of Burnsville, said Prentiss EMA Director Ralph Lauderdale.
Tishomingo County Electric Power Association crews began working after 11 p.m. Monday when the first storm front moved through and damaged the Holcutt substation in the middle of the county, said General Manager Robert Grisham.
A second storm front that came through about 2 a.m. Tuesday took out additional power customers, with a total of about 4,500 customers affected in various areas of the county.
Most had power restored later in the morning and all had service back by mid-afternoon Tuesday, he said.