OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. — Mississippi is under a state of emergency after severe storms swept through.
FOX13 had seven crews surveying the areas and combing through the damage and 40 homes got significant damage in DeSoto County.
Preliminary reports showed Olive Branch and the Sardis area were hit the hardest. A viewer video showed trees snapped and mobile homes leveled in the Bethel Grove area of Olive Branch.
“Bethel park and college park subdivisions have been hit with damaging winds. There are numerous trees down. Cedar Creek Road is blocked by downed trees and power lines. College Road\d between 305 and Bethel Road is impassable,” Olive Branch Police Department said.
One man was trapped in a trailer and injured his hip because the tree landed on the trailer, according to the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department. Emergency crews had to cut trees to get to him.
Sheriff said hundreds of trees are down across the county.
The Sheriff’s Office said a potential tornado was spotted near Robertson Gin and Gaines Rd.
DeSoto County declared a county emergency which should help with the clearing of trees on private property and it should help with some FEMA aid.
Another area hit hard in Desoto County was at the intersection of Allison Road and Craft Road.
One homeowner told FOX13 that this experience was something they’ve never been through before.
“We went outside and we saw that doors were ripped off it’s hinges and windows were shattered and it was a life changing experience because we thought it was all over,” said Ainsley Cathey.
The Desoto County Sheriff’s office said they’re working to assess the damage and believes the storm was stronger than just wind gusts.
“We’ve had a tornado that came through this area and we’ve got multiple roads that are impassable due to the trees and down power lines," said Sgt. Kevin King.
In Hernando, Jason Coleman opened a barn for public food and shelter for those who need it and also for the feeding of DeSoto County workers working to help those hurt by the tornado
It is located at 4036 Robertson Gin Rd.
“Just a big blast came through and blowing our windows out and blew us to the floor and we crawled in the hall and laid there and till it kind of went over," said Larry Woods, live near Hernando. "And the hole ceiling was gone.”
Shelby County also saw major damage. A tree collapsed on an apartment complex; water was rushing into the building while FOX13 was live from the scene.
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