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Yazoo Co. Communities Thrashed in Overnight Severe Weather

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Renshaw Community, MS -

Crews are still working on restoring electricity to parts Yazoo County after severe weather rips through a line of small communities.

Although the metro avoided the worst of it for many homeowners to the North of Yazoo City it was "round two" of severe hailstorms.

The Yazoo Valley Electric Power Association reports winds and falling trees took out 45 of their poles overnight - starting around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

In a recorded message to customers the utilities says they have no clear timeline when all repairs will be completed but they're working as quickly as possible.

In the Renshaw community homeowners are surveying the damage. James Upchurch says it could cost him up to $15,000 to repair his roof and brickwork after the winds blew a massive tree onto his roof.

"Man, I was right there standing in the house looking through the window at it. Right next to the window that got broken in," Upchurch said.

"You can tell [I have some] make-shift tarps. I have some tarps someplace but the road was closed getting to it a mile away," Upchurch said, referring to more downed trees.

Allen Generette was working Sunday morning on getting out of the driveway to his property (where he's lived for nearly 70 years).

The path was completely blocked by trees.

"I heard a couple of thumps. This tree here by the mailbox, I heard it when it hit because it sort of jarred [us], you know. That's the big one," Generette said.

Already this morning he said he has had to save one of his calves from a mudhole caused by rain.

"I found him in the hole this morning. I heard him hollering and the momma couldn't find him so I went around in the pasture to find him," Generette said.

"I'm looking at quite a bit [of damage]. It's going to take me about a year to get this place back straight. It's going to take me about a year to get this place back straight," Generette said.

Another Renshaw resident, J.T. Katchum, watched a few utility vehicles attend to downed power lines near a series of stalled CN train cars.

"Luckily the good lord blessed us and we didn't have one fall through my house," Katchum said.

He also gave a helping hand to folks - like Mr. Upchurch - who admittedly liked viewing the storm's spectacle.

"Everybody was in a safe place except for me. I wanted to be in a watching place," Upchurch said about the night before.

A representative for the Yazoo Valley Electric Power Association said about 30 of their customers' homes were still without power as a press time.




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