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Severe storms topple trees, cause damage in Richland

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RICHLAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Richland Mayor Mark Scarborough contacted WLBT first thing Wednesday morning about huge oak trees knocked down by the storm as it moved through his city.

Most of the damage was along Old Highway 49 which runs north and south through the center of the city.

The huge trees were not twisted, so there is every indication it was straight line winds that caused the damage.

A huge tree went right through the center of Lonnie Stringfellow's mobile home at 402 Industrial Drive.

"I thought it was a tornado, when I seen that thing coming down on me, I just kinda ducked down, but then I saw the big tree," Stringfellow said.

Gary Carter had just moved to Richland, less than two weeks ago, only to wake up with a tree inches away from his head in his bedroom.

"It sounded like a giant earthquake with a big sonic boom, baanng, and my wife jumped up and said 'oh my god'," Carter said. "And was just a screamin', 'oh my god'. There is a tornado outside."

Justin Ashley at 1335 Old Highway 49 was one of the lucky ones, a large tree in his back yard did not go through the roof.

"Some rough winds, that's for sure," Ashley said.

Lynn Pearson was also very lucky a large tree just brushed up against her house after falling in her front yard.

"I didn't hear the train sound that you hear people talk about, it was just a constant horrific wind," Pearson said.

The storm also knocked down power lines further up Old Highway 49 near Highway 80.

Mayor Mark Scarborough said the storm came through about 3:00 Wednesday morning and apparently had only straight line winds.

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