Friday, April 25, 2014

Winston County/Louisville Hit by Overnight Storms

Winston County and the City of Louisville are cleaning up today
(Friday, 4-25) after a series of storms moved across the area on Thursday evening. The storm brought high winds, heavy rain, significant hail and a reported funnel cloud resulting in power outages,tree damages, some limited structural damage but fortunately no loss of life or serious injuries.

There are still areas of the county and also in the City of Louisville without power as of noon today. Utility crews have been working steadily since last evening to restore power and cable.

EMA Director Buddy King has indicated that there was limited structural damage across the county and no reported injuries. Most problems and power issues are related to downed trees. Some of the heaviest damage ran along a Hwy 14 corridor from the Attala County line to Harold Ming Road.

King indicated that most of the damage was attributed to straight line winds and saturated ground that allowed trees to uproot. It is believed that the funnel cloud seen in the Nanih Waiya area was likely the remnants of an earlier tornado spotted in Attala County.

This data is current as of noon today:

  • 5 Commercial structures damaged
  • 15 Residential structures affected including 3 destroyed and 2 more w major damage.
  • Power outages across the County peaked at 2200 homes last night but work crews had reduced that number to under 250 by 9:30 am this morning.
  • Extensive damage to power lines and power supply infrastructure inside the City of Louisville. Damage reports are incomplete at this time.

Unfortunately, this storm could be just a precursor to additional severe storms predicted to reach our area on Sunday and Monday. Residents are recommended to take necessary precautions.