Clean up continues in Pearl after New Year's Eve tornado - - Jackson, MS

Clean up continues in Pearl after New Year's Eve tornado

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PEARL, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi Emergency Management officials were still tallying up the damage Monday after an EF2 tornado ripped through Hinds and Rankin Counties.

Limb by limb tree removal crews bounced from house to house clearing away debris.  Dozens of trees were toppled during a tornado Friday evening with winds up to 120 miles per hour.  About a dozen businesses were damaged in Richland off Highway 49.  108 homes were damaged and two were destroyed in Pearl.

Mike Plot who lives on Eastland Drive was standing in his kitchen when the storm blew through. "I got here and I heard this terrific noise. I covered my ears and I turned around and heard an explosion,"said Plott.

The explosion Plott heard was an oak tree in his backyard being uprooted and toppled onto his house.  "The main thing is God is good. I appreciate the fact that I came out without any injuries. No injuries at all," said Plott.

Others came home from vacation to discover the damage, like William Cleveland who returned from visiting family in Texas to find his house and vehicle destroyed by a fallen tree.

"After this, this is our second one. I seriously think it is time to get rid of all these trees. I hate to because it is what makes the neighborhood good," said Cleveland.

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