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Storm clean-up continues in Panola County

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BATESVILLE, MS (WMC-TV) - Panola County residents spent Thursday continuing to pick up the mess left behind by strong storms earlier in the week.

Wednesday morning's powerful storms left trees down all over the county, including the town of Batesville.

Local hardware store owner Cole Flint said business was brisk, with customers including the local fire department.

"They called and we came down here and gave them all of our black plastic, clear plastic, at tarpaulins we had," he said. "Gloves...chainsaw chains...everything they needed.

Flit added the most requested items were chainsaws, along with anything else that could be used to remove trees.

As residents worked to clean up, officials said 95 percent of power outages caused by the storm had been repaired.

In Eureka, the Whitsell family lost power, but said their lives were spared because of their weather radio. 

"It paid off. About 3:30 or 4:00 it came in about this bad front, with 70 mph winds coming thru, and we got out and got in the hallway under some stairwells," Arley Whitsell said.

According the damage assessments, most of the property damage occurred Batesville.  EMA officials said they would be watching the weather forecast carefully through next few days as more rain is predicted.

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