By Jack Gurner
TILLATOBA – A mobile home on County Road 9 that was destroyed by falling trees may have been the worse damage in the county from a series of powerful storms last Wednesday.
The same storm in the early morning hours of April 27 tore the front porch off a home on County Road 10, according to Frank Hyde, Yalobusha County Emergency Management Agency Director. And, he added, there were scattered tree damage around the county.
A falling tree damaged the home of Jerry and Beverly Davis on Blackmur Drive around 2:15 a.m.
By noon the National Weather Service was beginning to issue tornado warnings in the western part of the state as more powerful storms moved across the Mississippi River. One of the first warnings was issued around 12:20 and included Yalobusha County.
Warning sirens in Water Valley and Coffeeville sounded at least three times as one tornado warning after another was issued for the county, which was under a Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) tornado watch. Emergency responders from the police, fire and sheriffs departments were positioned around the county to watch the approaching weather.
Around 1 p.m. Sheriff’s Deputies on Hwy. 51 and I-55 began to report on the fast-moving storm as it toppled trees in the Enid area. Several trees were blown down and twisted apart around Persimmon Hill at Enid Lake.
That storm traveled along the north edge of Yalobusha County and passed just north of Water Valley around 1:20 p.m. and not long after slammed into the Pine Flat community destroying a number of homes.
“Yalobusha County was very lucky,” said Hyde.
Electric Department Manager Andy Hall echoed that sentiment. He said there was no major damage to the electrical system in Water Valley. The wind blew a few limbs down over lines and there were some lighting strikes, he said.
Hall explained that the power outage that occurred this past Monday night around 11:15 was due to TVA losing a 161 kV feeder line between here and Batesville. Some creative switching had power restored by 12:40 a.m. Tuesday.
One thing the storms did was get a lot of people’s attention, added Hyde. “Everybody is calling about storm shelters.”