Setbacks could delay power restoration through the weekend - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Setbacks could delay power restoration through the weekend

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Storms rolled through the Mid-South on Wednesday, causing damage throughout the area and knocking out power to more than 43,000 people in Shelby County.

Thursday morning, around 25,000 MLGW customers remained in the dark.

The company said it restored power to more than 40,000 customers, but a second wave of storms (which moved through overnight) set back repair estimates.

MLGW predicts it could take until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. to restore power for everyone. Click here to see the outage map.

East High School and Whitehaven High School were without power Thursday, causing Shelby County Schools to cancel District Learning Day for 3rd and 4th grade teachers.

MLGW called in backup from other cities to help clean up the mess the storm left behind.

"Memphis Light, Gas and Water has sought to bring in about 21 crews from as close as Jackson, Tennessee through as far as East Tennessee and Kentucky," MLGW spokesperson Gale Jones Carson said.

Other damage the storm caused includes flash flooding, fallen trees, and fires.

Winds up to 75 miles per hour blew through Midtown Memphis.  Craig and Charlie Gough saw a massive tree fall onto their home in the 900 block of Philadelphia Street.

"As everything cleared, I saw the tree fall," recalled Charlie Gough. "I saw the tree that was, one of the limbs was leaning over on the house next door."

On Dempster Avenue, a house caught fire. The fire department Chief said lightning started the blaze.

Over on Rhodes Avenue, part of a tree fell on top of a car. Neighbors said three people were hurt, but their injuries did not appear to be serious.

The power went out at Hope Presbyterian Church, where the visitation for Memphis police officer Sean Bolton was being held.  However, the storms did not stop people from coming to the visitation.  Inside the church, those wishing to pay their respects waited patiently for the power to return.

"I was in my car and I thought it came from the east side," said Cindy Barnhart, who saw the storm. "It kind of cut through houses. The whole area was completely dark, and grey rain, and the wind was blowing, and the garbage cans were going everywhere."

In Cordova, the side of a house fell to the ground. WMC Action News 5's Chopper 5 was over the home near the intersection of Trinity and Ericson where part of the home was exposed. It's unclear what stripped the side of the building.

Julio Cesar was inside the house. His relative Vanessa Garcia translated what happened.

"He said it was really loud," Garcia said. "He came outside; he saw the tree all damaged."

Cesar's neighbor's fence blew into his yard and onto his house. Plants uprooted in the neighbor's yard.

Jesus de la Rosa said his home was destroyed by the storm.  He spoke with WMC Action News 5's Felicia Bolton, who translated for him.

"Around 4:20, a strong, fast wind came through," recalled de la Rosa. "It tore the house and at the same time broke a tree and put it on top of the car."

Homeowners cleaned up the debris and repaired the damage Thursday afternoon, even without power in the neighborhood.

"I just got home," recalled Abdul Hamid. "The windows broke, everything broke."

Hamid and his cousin ran to the bathroom, scared.

Firefighters went through the neighborhood looking for problems because power lines fell in the area.  Many were still shaken hours after the storm moved through the area.

"I thought, 'last day in Memphis,'" Hamid said.

"Thank goodness nobody was injured, nobody was killed," said Cordova resident Alan Howze. "Everybody is OK in the neighborhood."

Too see pictures from Wednesday night's storms, click here

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