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Olive Branch mayor tours damage

My 5 user 'mybass02' uploaded this picture of a gas station in Olive Branch that was damaged in Friday's storm. My 5 user 'mybass02' uploaded this picture of a gas station in Olive Branch that was damaged in Friday's storm.

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OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - Recovery efforts continued Monday in Olive Branch after a confirmed EF-2 tornado ripped through neighborhoods there last Friday.

The powerful storm that roared through the north Mississippi Friday evening left lots of damage in its wake, particularly in Olive Branch, where weather officials confirmed an EF-2 tornado touchdown.

Mayor Sam Rikard, who was out of town when the storms struck Friday, continued to survey the damage Monday.

"We have major tree damage, large trees, trees that have been here a very long time been uprooted and fallen on homes, so we have quite a bit of damage related to trees falling on homes," he said.

Rikard was concerned that emergency sirens did not sound a warning when the storm was imminent.  He said technicians were investigating the problem so that it does not happen again..

"We're trying to find out now where the breakdown was, whether it was technical or human, but at this point we don't know," he said.

In addition to tree damage, power poles were snapped, causing widespread power outages.  North Central Electric Power General Manager Kevin Doddridge they crews were making good headway in restoring power to all residents.

"After the tornado came thru the area we had about 10,000 consumers out," Doddridge said. "We got that down to approximately 4,000 by Saturday morning and 800 yesterday. Right now we're at about 250."

Doddridge said power should be restored to everyone by Tuesday.

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Action News 5 received the following information from State Farm Insurance:

State Farm opened a mobile claims site in Olive Branch Monday to help customers who wanted to file a claim. 

The Catastrophe Response Vehicle will be located in the parking lot of Home Depot at 7740 Craft Goodman Frontage Rd, Olive Branch, MS 38654. State Farm representatives will be onsite to answer questions and assist with the filing of claims.

Policyholders are encouraged to make temporary home repairs in order to prevent further damage and to save receipts for the possible reimbursement of expenses.

Policyholders who have damage to report should contact their State Farm Agent or call 1-(800)-SF-CLAIM (1-800-732-5246).

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