Heavy storms rip through Mid-South - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Heavy storms rip through Mid-South

3,200 MLGW customers were without power Wednesday night after fast moving storms with heavy rain and strong powerful wind gusts tore through the Mid-South. Roofs were ripped off and powerlines were knocked down.

Dusty Mayfield took Action News 5 Reporter Andrew Douglas on a tour of his home for the past five years.

He lives in the Lauderdale County community of Ripley but he insists he won't live there anymore. 

Powerlines are down, insulations scattered everywhere, and his roof peeled off, and thrown across the street during Wednesday's storm.

"It was dark. Wind blowing leaves, blowing everywhere and then all of a sudden the roof came off, knocked the powerlines down. Pretty scary for me 'cause I had my little girl in my arms," says Mayfield.

"I weigh 220, it was strong enough to knock me on my back," adds Mayfield.

Fortunately, Mayfield and his 3-year-old daughter made it out of the ordeal okay. The wind strength was felt in Lauderdale County also made an impact in Shelby County

Trees toppled over doing damage to a garage near Lemoyne Owen college knocking out powerlines to neighborhoods nearby.

In Millington, the storm took out power to at least one traffic light while causing a mess and creating some concern.

Young Cody Kelbaugh watched the tree topple outside barely missing his home and property. "I was scared and it was freaky too," says Kelbaugh. 

It's a storm making a minor impact to some, but for others a night they'd rather forget.

There were some minor injuries from Wednesday's thunderstorms. An 18-wheeler toppled over causing a few bumps and bruises.


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