High winds cause heavy damage in parts of Tunica County - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

High winds cause heavy damage in parts of Tunica County

High winds caused major damage to the Shell Gas Station on Casino Strip Boulevard. (Photo submitted by a WMC-TV viewer.) High winds caused major damage to the Shell Gas Station on Casino Strip Boulevard. (Photo submitted by a WMC-TV viewer.)

High winds from a severe thunderstorm that passed over Tunica County early Saturday morning caused considerable headaches for residents and tourists.

The wind caused damage to power lines on old Highway 61 between Casino Center and Casino Strip.  According to officials with the Tunica County Sheriff's Department, more than 70 power lines hit the ground during the storm.

Late Saturday morning, power lines could be seen dangling precariously close to the stretch of road.  Officials closed all but one southbound lane of the road during clean-up efforts.

High winds also caused major damage to the Shell Gas Station on Casino Strip Boulevard.  Two nearby apartment complexes faired better, but still suffered roof and siding damage.

"It sounded like my glass door was about to break in," said resident Wendy Campbell.  "Then it started on my bedroom window - kept getting louder and louder."

A Tunica County sheriff's deputy said Saturday's damage was the worst he'd seen in the county in some time.

Late Saturday afternoon, nearly 3,000 residents of Tunica County remained without power in the aftermath of the storm.  Officials said it could be Monday morning before power was fully restored.


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