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Possible tornado tears through Copiah County

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Copiah County residents are cleaning up the damage from a possible overnight tornado.

The storm knocked out power throughout much of the county, and damaged dozens of homes. Crews cleared downed trees on Monticello Road and James Road just outside Hazlehurst, and on Highway 472 at Perrett Road.

The destruction began just after one o'clock Thursday morning.

Vicki Ramsey, a Copiah County Justice Court Judge who lives on Monticello Road, said she woke up when her weather radio sounded.

"Just a few minutes later was when the wind picked up," said Ramsey. "It was just frightening, very frightening. Lots of wind, sounded like hail, and we just got up and got in a closet and, in just a few minutes, everything was over."

Crews shut down James Road and Monticello Road while they cleared trees. All roads were back open before sunrise.

"That's what we train and that's what we prepare for, is this type of incident," said Randle Drane, Copiah County emergency management director.  

Lyn Hutcherson suffered the some of the worst damage. A tree ripped through the roof of his Monticello Road home. And downed trees are crushing several vehicles at his auto body shop next door.

But Hutcherson is staying positive.

"Ain't God good? I mean, it's a tree down on a house, but it's a house, it can be replaced. God took care of me and my wife, so what else do I have to worry about?"

Before daylight, Entergy restored power to all but a handful of the 1,000 customers that were left in the dark after the storm. And, despite the damage, no one was injured.

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