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Severe weather strikes region
by Brant Sappington
Aug 31, 2017 | 1441 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This barn in the area of Prentiss County roads 5031 and 5131 sustained serious damage in Thursday's storms. / Photo by Dale Enderle
This barn in the area of Prentiss County roads 5031 and 5131 sustained serious damage in Thursday's storms. / Photo by Dale Enderle
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The remnants of Hurricane Harvey paid a visit to the Crossroads area Thursday afternoon, damaging trees and structures in Prentiss County and some surrounding areas.

A barn and a house in the Wheeler area of southwestern Prentiss County suffered serious damage in the storm which moved through the area around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, said Prentiss County Emergency Management Director Bud Lindsey.

Lindsey said numerous trees and power lines were also knocked down due to the heavy winds.

The emergency director said he and others saw cloud rotation during the storm and he believes it’s likely a tornado went through the county. Photos and other information have been sent to the National Weather Service and Lindsey said they are waiting on confirmation of a tornado from the service.

The storm took a path from southeast to northwest across the county. Lindsey said he believes there were actually two separate cells of severe weather crossing the county at the same time.

Alcorn County Emergency Management Director Rickey Gibens said there was a report of roof damage to a residence on County Road 634.

There were also reports of damage from other areas in Northeast Mississippi, including Itawamba County where a mobile home was destroyed and other structures damaged.

School districts throughout the area, including Corinth, Alcorn, Prentiss, Booneville, dismissed classes early on Thursday due to the severe weather threat.

A chance of thunderstorms continues through 1 p.m. today with a 60 percent chance of rain throughout the day. The precipitation possibility drops to 20 percent tonight in time for high school football action.
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