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Olive Branch residents deal with second fierce storm

Damage to College Park in Olive Branch (Source: My 5) Damage to College Park in Olive Branch (Source: My 5)

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OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - Residents picked up the pieces in Olive Branch Friday, one day after a strong storm reminiscent of other recent events.

Damage was everywhere, from downed trees to damaged homes.  For many residents, Thursday's tornado was a reminder of a similar storm less than two months ago.

Friday, residents in the College Road area were cleaning up and trying to assess what happened.  Diane Johnson was home when the tornado hit.

"We ended up all cramming in the closet, and when I looked out the window it was right there," she said. "I almost made it into the closet. You could hear glass breaking. It sounded like a freight train."

Olive Branch Mayor Sam Rikard assessed the damage.

"There was a lot of structural damage in the Bethel Park, and College Crossing subdivisions," he said. "110 homes were damaged - 14 major, 6 total losses. A lot of homes damaged here."

The block of Farguson Cove and Sanford Drive was one of the hardest hit, including two homes that were destroyed.  Keith Drenning's two sons were home alone when the storm hit. They were able to get to shelter and we not hurt.

"I'm very thankful both my sons are okay," Drenning said. "They survived and that part of the house was untouched. You can replace this - you can't replace them."

"I don't want to go through it again," Johnson said.

Officials said the large number of downed trees could take several days to clear.

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