Pike County families recovering after possible tornado damages homes


PIKE COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – A possible tornado touched down in Pike County early Thursday morning. One homeowner described what happened when the storm hit her home.

“I won’t be able to fix it. Been here 21 years. I won’t get this back,” said Julia Lewis.

Eight people, including children, were in the home when a tree fell on it, splitting it in half.

“It went through the floor. 0ne of them was laying right there on that couch, and one was laying right here on this couch,” explained Lewis.

As daybreak came, the family had an opportunity to get a better look at the damage.

“Thank the Lord that everybody accounted for. Just get back in the rebuilding stage. Everybody still alive we can get the house rebuilt,” said Lewis’ son.

Across town in the Indian Reservation subdivision, Taylor Stringer’s home was damaged. The damage happened nearly 11 months after Stringer’s home faced damage from another tornado.

“Very scary, very scary. I never thought that I was going to die, but I just didn’t know what I was going to get out the bathtub and see. Was the house going to be gone? Was I going to look up and see rain? Was there going to be no trees? So, it was very scary,’ said Stringer.

As both families work to rebuild their lives, their message is clear: Listen to the warnings.

“God is real. Take it seriously, because we don’t never know what day is ours,” said Lewis.

Pike County EMA Director Richard Coghlan said damage has been reported between Summit and McComb. At this time, no injuries or fatalities have been reported.

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