Straight-line winds hit Hwy. 19 North

By Staff
FALLEN TREE Mike Davidson, left, uses his tow truck to help John Griffin remove a tree that fell across Old Eighth Street Road near Warren Lake Road. PHOTO BY PAULA MERRITT / THE MERIDIAN STAR
from staff reports
July 16, 2004
A sudden storm Thursday just before 5 p.m. blew trees down and damaged houses in the northwestern part of Lauderdale County along Highway 19 North.
Clarence Butler, Lauderdale County's emergency management director, supervised clean-up crews after the storm.
Maj. Ward Calhoun of the sheriff's department said most of the damage occurred in an area north of the soccer complex and extending to Old Eighth Street Road. Emergency crews responded to a number of locations, including:
A downed tree on Old Eighth Street Road near Warren Lake Road;
A tree that fell on a house on the Highway 19 North frontage road near Midway Mart;
A tree that fell a quarter-mile north of Whippoorwill Road on Highway 19 North. The Mississippi Highway Patrol re-routed southbound traffic into a northbound lane as crews worked to clear the road;
A tree and power line that fell on Deputy Tony McMahan's patrol car as he drove on Old Eighth Street Road. The windshield was shattered and the body of the car sustained damage, but the deputy was not hurt; and,
In other places, windows were broken and porches were displaced.

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