Severe storms sweep through the Mid-South Saturday night - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Severe storms sweep through the Mid-South Saturday night

Pinpoint 5 StormTrack Doppler at 8:45pm Saturday night. Pinpoint 5 StormTrack Doppler at 8:45pm Saturday night.

An intense round of severe weather swept through the Mid-South late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night, knocking out power and causing widespread property damage.

Minor injuries were reported from the storm.  In Memphis, a man was trapped in his vehicle after a tree fell on it during the storms.  Fire Department dispatchers said authorities retrieved the man from his vehicle, located near the Memphis International Airport. Officials did not immediately know if the man was injured.

Memphis Light, Gas and Water reported just before 11:00pm that 9,400 people were without power in scattered areas around the city.

Other storm reports from the Action News 5 Newsroom:

-Damage was reported to a FedEx airplane at Memphis International Airport.

-A large tree uprooted on Bridgeforth Road in DeSoto County.  An Action News 5 viewer said power lines were down and touching the road.

-An Action News 5 viewer reported damage, including downed utility poles, on Shelby Drive near Memphis International Airport.  A large tree was reported blocking the intersection of Tchulahoma and Shelby.

-An Action News 5 viewer reported that a tractor-trailer was overturned at a Wal-Mart in Whitehaven.

-An Action News 5 viewer reported a large tree was down at Poplar Pike and Hacks Cross in Germantown.

-A sheriff's deputy reportedly hit a tree while driving on Highway 311 in Marshall County, Mississippi.

-An Action News 5 viewer reported that a tree fell onto the back porch of a home in the College Hills subdivision in Olive Branch, Mississippi.  Downed trees and utility poles were reported in various locations in Olive Branch.

-Tunica County spokesperson Larry Liddell said the Hollywood Casino was without power, and operated on a generator Saturday evening.  Liddell reported other scattered outages in and around the Robinsonville, Mississippi area.

-Shelby County Schools spokesperson Mike Tebbe said the Collierville High School prom was canceled Saturday night due to impending weather.  No make-up date was announced.

-In eastern Arkansas, KAIT 8 reporter Will Carter confirmed two sightings of funnel clouds.  One was reported at Gibson Switch, two miles south of Jonesboro on Highway 29.  The other was off Highway 63 between Bay and Truman.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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