PEARL, MS (WLBT) - Some large oak trees were knocked down in Pearl Friday afternoon as a strong thunderstorm, with winds up to 60 miles per hour moved across the city. Most of the damage was just south of Highway 80 right through the middle of Pearl along Old Brandon Road, over to Maxine Drive.
A house was cut in half near the intersection of Abermarle and Old Brandon Road when a heavy thunderstorm moved across Pearl about 2:40 Friday afternoon. It is not known if any one was injured there.
Also a large oak tree was blown down on a house at 3243 Maxine Drive. The tree broke the gas service line to the house causing a gas leak, but that leak has been shut off by the gas company. Alma Cochran lives at the home and was not hurt.
Another big tree fell on a house at 3211 Crafton Street. It belongs to Bill Deason. He was not home at the time.
And trees were blown down at Pemberton Drive and Reynolds Street. The area where all this damage occurred is known as Skyway Hills. Pearl Police spokesman Butch Hammack says a total of nine houses in Pearl were damaged and at least three of those were destroyed.