2 in Miss. killed as storm system crosses state

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 22, 2013 at 12:02 am •  Published: December 22, 2013

Entergy Mississippi reported as many as 11,000 customers without power, with outages clustered in Coahoma, DeSoto and Tate counties. That number fell to 7,000 by 11 p.m. Saturday. Electric cooperatives in northwest Mississippi reported more than 11,000 more outages, with Northcentral Electric Power Association in DeSoto and Marshall counties hardest hit.

A wind gust of 64 mph was recorded at a weather station in Cleveland on Saturday afternoon, while after dusk, a storm chaser recorded an 80 mph wind near Corinth, according to the National Weather Service. Rain amounts of more than an inch were reported in Tunica.

In Senatobia, wind caused a roof fell in at a fitness center on one end of a shopping center near Interstate 55.

"I think it buckled the back part of it," Tate County Emergency Management director Kim Brownlee said. "There's water pouring in the back of that place."

Another area of damage was near Lula. Tunica County Emergency Management Director Randy Stewart said a church and four homes were damaged, while a mobile home was destroyed.

Damage to trees or structures was also reported in more than a dozen other counties.

Strong winds and rain also hit northern Louisiana and Arkansas. At least three tornadoes were suspected in those states. Some injuries were reported in each, but no deaths.


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