Storm causes damage in Wilkinson Co.

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 19, 2002

WOODVILLE &045; Extremely high winds possibly spawned by a tornado wrecked property and downed trees and power lines as a squall line rolled through Wilkinson County late Thursday morning.

The storm damaged two unoccupied house trailers on the Hackett Road in the central part of the county, but no injuries were reported, according to Wilkinson County Civil Defense Coordinator Thomas Tolliver.

&uot;I had my assistant go out there and do some assessments, but no one was injured or left without a place to stay,&uot; said Tolliver.

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A few miles to the east, winds peeled up a fiberglass truck bed cover and bent it over the cab of a pickup at Rodney and Cathy Murray’s house on Macedonia Road near Miss. 563.

The roof of the Murray’s outdoor boat shed also collapsed, and pine trees up to 20 inches in diameter snapped and fell across the road nearby.

&uot;We were both gone at the time.

I took my daughter to a doctor’s appointment in Zachary, and my husband was at Nettles Truck Stop on Highway 61.

It was a shock to come home and see this,&uot; Cathy said.

By early afternoon, friends and relatives had gathered at the Murrays’ house, and county work crews had used chain saws to clear trees from the roadway.

On Miss. 563 at Hopewell Road, the Hopewell United Methodist Church sign was blown down, breaking four-inch treated posts off at knee level. Rodney Murray is sure the storm produced a tornado.

&uot;We could hear it real good at the truck stop when it passed over,&uot; he said.

Tolliver said he was first notified of the severe weather warning by an official with the American Red Cross in Natchez.

&uot;I got the call at about 11 a.m.

I’m just pleased at how fast the information got out to everybody once we got the word,&uot; Tolliver said.

&uot;We are very thankful that no one was hurt.&uot;