The damage left behind from Tuesday's storms - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

The damage left behind from Tuesday's storms

Ben Watson stands in front of a tree that fell on a house in Highpoint Ben Watson stands in front of a tree that fell on a house in Highpoint

I had the opportunity to survey the damage left in the wake of storms that moved through the WMC Action News 5 coverage area Tuesday afternoon.  The system originated in south central Missouri and rapidly moved southeast in to northeastern Arkansas where it intensified with winds exceeding fifty miles per hour in Craighead and Mississippi Counties. The system continued to expand and maintain intensity as it moved into west Tennessee. As it moved into Shelby County around 4 p.m., it was still packing a punch with heavy rain, intense lightning, and straight line winds. Those strong winds were responsible for peeling the roof from the armory of the Tennessee National Guard facility in Millington. One of the hardest hit areas in Memphis was in the Highpoint neighborhood between Summer and Walnut Grove and from Highland to the west and Graham to the east. Multiple trees were downed, which in turn left many without power. The University of Memphis area, which is just southeast of that neighborhood, also received significant damage as the storm continued on its path. Crews were still working today in the extreme heat to restore power to those who had been without since the storm moved through.  .  

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