ATTALA COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Families in Attala county ended 2010 monitoring the skies for a destructive storm system headed their way.
When it passed lives were spared, but the first day of the New Year would be spent salvaging what they could.
In the light of day on January 1st 2011 Skycopter 3 followed the previous night's path of destruction in Attala county.
National Weather Service officials described it as possibly the worst damage in the state.
It begins near Highway 19 just south of Possum Neck, which is northwest of Kosciusko, and continued toward Highway 35.
"We understand this is a children's camp up in this area just north of Highway 19. As you can see there's extensive damage through this area. A lot of timber damage and a lot of buildings damaged in this area," said Skycopter 3 pilot Coyt Bailey as he flew over Central Hills Baptist Retreat.
The building sustained major damage to the roof.
Homes near Highway 19, just north of Sallis were also hit hard.
Attala County Emergency Management Director Danny Townsend said five houses and two mobile homes were destroyed. Five houses and one mobile home sustained major damage while five commercial structures and five farm buildings were damaged.
Shortly before two a.m. Attala county fire fighters responded to a house fire on Attala Road 4045 off Highway 14 West.
Fortunately no one was home.
It is not known if the storm caused the fire.
Two people were injured during the storm according the Attala EOC.
This is the third time in a year Attala county has been the target of a rapidly moving severe weather system.
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