"I thought the roof was going to come off, there was so much pressure," Mayo said in a phone interview.
More than 40,000 customers lost power in northern parts of the state. Claiborne Electric Cooperative saw more than half of its 23,000 customers lose power when a transmission line was blown down, disrupting power to three substations. Office Manager Candy Hicks said outages were worst in Union Parish.
Entergy reported more than 17,000 customers without power, with outages concentrated around Ruston and Monroe. Southwestern Electric Power Co. said nearly 9,000 customers lost power at the peak of the storm, with the worst damage south of Shreveport. Cleco Corp. reported 3,000 outages in its central Louisiana territory.
Numerous trees were blown over, including one that fell across Interstate 20 near Gibsland.
In Mississippi, a mobile home overturned in Rena Lara, Miss., said Coahoma County emergency management director Johnny Tarzi. No information was immediately available on whether there were injuries.
The National Weather Service said severe storms with damaging winds were possible early Sunday morning in northern Georgia, including Atlanta.
AP reporter Lush reported from Monroe, La. Jeff Amy reported from Jackson, Miss.