Severe storms rolled into Rankin County cities Thursday afternoon. The skies began to quickly darken after the lunch hour, and the storms inched closer, and then the winds came out of nowhere.
At Airport Road and Highway 80, it looked as if a dust storm had hit the city of Pearl, almost completely shielding the massive Miskelly's furniture store and warehouse. Their American flag out front, also took a beating as the winds whipped through, covering their parking lot in flying dirt and sand.
In Brandon, the streets were flowing with rain water as heavy precipitation fell, as the winds continued to blow. Some eyewitnesses say it looked like a hurricane had blown into town.
Frequent lightning strikes were reported throughout Rankin county. Farther north, straight line winds toppled this tree on Swallow Drive, completely blocking traffic. Crews quickly responded to get the road back open.
Over 1400 people lost power during the storm in the Reservoir area. Traffic lights were out at numerous intersections, extending the drive home for many commuters.
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