Severe Storm Causes Widespread Damage in Leake County


Residents of Leake County were met with extensive damage on Tuesday evening, April 9, as severe storms swept through the area, leaving a trail of fallen trees in their wake.

Reports indicate that trees were down across the entire county, obstructing roadways and posing significant hazards to motorists. Multiple volunteer fire departments, law enforcement agencies including deputies and highway patrol officers, as well as personnel from the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), mobilized quickly to clear the roads.

The storm resulted in multiple accidents, and fortunately, there were no reported injuries. According to radio traffic, some businesses sustained roof damage due to fallen trees or limbs.

A home located on Stokes Lane off of Hwy 16 fell victim to a lightning strike, igniting a fire that caused damage to the property. Carthage Fire Chief Lonzo Jones reported that while the home sustained some level of damage, it was not deemed a total loss.