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Lincoln County storm damage

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Cleanup was the theme for most of the day Tuesday in Ruth Mississippi, hit hard by Monday's storms.

Early in the day, the buzz of chain saws fills the air, as residents dug out from damage left by high winds, which sent trees, debris and anything else not tied down flying through the air.

Trees knocked down power lines throughout the county, landing on homes and across roads.

The steeple at the Ruth Baptist Church, just off Highway 583, was no match for mother nature, thrown nearly forty yards from it's perch.

Storm victim Robert Rayborn says, "It just hit all at once really took us by surprise, really it did."

Down the road at the Ruth Volunteer fire station, firefighters surveyed the damage left by high winds.

Fire Chief Teresa Lawrence says, "The south end of the building had been blowed off, bay doors blown open, most of the building on the north side blowed off slab. We have a lot of tree damage around the fire house."

A four year old fire truck at the station was also damaged as the bay doors were pushed onto it's hood, scratching up paint, and cracking a windshield.

Only one injury reported in the storm, and that was minor. An elderly woman, thrown out of her bed, when her trailer was knocked off it's blocks.

Multiple power and phone service crews continue their work in the area, trying to restore utilities, to hundreds left in the dark after the storm.

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