Severe weather tore through Mid-South on Thursday - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Severe weather tore through Mid-South on Thursday

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Severe thunderstorms rolled through the Mid-South on Thursday. The worst of the storms has passed, but some watches remain.

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Watches:

Tornado Watch for several Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi counties until 10 p.m.

In Arkansas:

Cross County, Poinsett County, Lee County, Crittenden County, Craighead County, Mississippi County and St. Francis County are under the watch.

In Tennessee:

Chester County, Haywood County, Gibson County, Crockett County, Dyer County, Fayette County, Hardeman County, Lauderdale County, Shelby County and Tipton County are under the watch.

Damage

Arkansas: South of Blytheville- three or four tractor-trailers collided  with cars in multiple crashes on Interstate 55 between mile markers 48 and 71. The interstate is not closed, but drivers are urged to use extreme caution in the area.

Tennessee

Tipton County: Power lines down on Highway 51 at Tipton Road.

Shelby County: MLGW is on the scene where a tree is down at 2092 Jefferson Avenue.

Flooding at Millington High School.

MLGW was able to keep nearly everyone in Memphis fully powered during the storm--fewer than 200 residents reported losing power.

Wolf River Trail is seeing a lot of flooding after a torrential downpour in Shelby County. The majority of the flooding was contained to hiking trails as local lakes and rivers overflowed.

Parts of Wolf River Trail where bikers travel are completely under water and bridges are close to getting submerged as well. This forced regulars to turn away.

"It was closed. First time I've ever seen it closed to my knowledge," said Pat Collins, Wolf River Greenway regular.

The Shelby County Office of Preparedness said they have been preparing days ahead to protect residents. 

"Well right now the biggest threat is that we're seeing some thunderstorms that are moving through the area. There's been some hail that's been reported associated with that high winds - those kind of things," Office of Preparedness director Dale Lane said.

Lane said the threat is far from over. Even after the rain stops, road damage is still a concern.

"We know from that flooding event last time that many times that causes any weak areas in our road ways to have problems. So roads in the state, as well as county and city, have been out," said Lane.

For now, Wolf River Trail is still closed until the flooding goes down.

Road Closings

Mississippi

DeSoto County officials closed roads due to flooding. Nail Road in Walls, a road normally used by residents to get to Highway 61, was closed. 

The road at Brantley and Highway 61 is covered in water and closed.

Pratt Road near Arkabutla Lake is closed.

Larry Willis felt the effects of the rain that pelted DeSoto County for the past 24 hours. "It was pretty heavy. I could hardly see through the windshield with the wipers on."

Johnny White said some people chose to drive on the dangerous roads despite the risks. "These folks be flying around here like there ain't no tomorrow." 

However, the best thing to do is to turn around.

"Best thing is just slow down, take it easy. You'll get to where you need to go."

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