Strong winds cause minor damage across Mid-South - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Strong winds cause minor damage across Mid-South

Storm Damage in Marion, Arkansas Storm Damage in Marion, Arkansas
Power outage inside a Walmart in Memphis. Power outage inside a Walmart in Memphis.

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Severe weather that moved through the Mid-South late Thursday afternoon and evening caused minor damage.

On Highway 51 near Memphis, sheets of rain fell, tree limbs blew onto the road and lightning lit up the evening sky.

A Millington Police officer directed traffic along Bill Knight Road near one of many power lines blown down by strong winds.

The winds also blew a tree onto a nearby house and hurled a storage shed into Kierra Williams' home.

"I was crying," said Williams.  "Really scared me."

Many people in the neighborhood said they were frightened by severe weather after massive flooding last May.

The majority of the calls to which Shelby County fire crews responded were for debris, downed trees and power lines.  A damaged roof at Fire Station 64 allowed it to rain inside.Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies tweeted that he and others took shelter in a closet during the storm, which interrupted a photo shoot.

Trees were down across Shelby County where power outages were reported.  An Action News 5 viewer submitted a picture of a power outage inside the Walmart at Holmes and Elvis Presley.


At the University of Tennessee at Martin, students were told to go to basements.

A possible tornado near Portageville, Missouri blew vehicles off the roadway according to a report to the National Weather Service.  Another tornado report near Crawfordsville, in Crittenden County, Arkansas knocked tree limbs into the roadway as the storm cross U.S. Highway 64.

On Highway 77 North near West Memphis, a row of businesses in warehouses were slammed by weather.

Southern Stone, a shop that sells custom granite countertops, had huge pieces of granite smashed or chipped away.  They average about $900 a slab.

In Craighead County, a UPS tractor trailer was blown onto its side along Highway 63 North.  Wrecking crews worked in the rain to get it back onto its wheels.  There were also widespread power outages reported in the county.

A spokesperson with the Craighead County Sheriff's department said their weather emergency sirens did not go off tonight because the power was out and their backup power system failed.

The Marion Fire Department in Arkansas reported damage to a convenience store at Interstate 55 and U.S. Highway 64.  

In Poinsett County, power lines and poles were on the ground near Judd Hill on Highway 214.

There was no immediate word of serious injuries.

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