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Wednesday Storms Produce Damage, Outages Across County

April 21, 2011

Crashes of thunder and lightening mixed with heavy rain and high winds left damage all across West Point and Clay County Wednesday night after one of this season's more severe thunderstorms made its way across the area.
More than 30 trees fell either across city and county roads, on top of homes or near homes, and Conley Cox Road and Decker Road received flash flooding. One home on Cedar Bluff Loop was damaged, an apartment complex on Travis Street suffered damage and two homes on Westbrook Street have damage from a huge tree that uprooted in one of the yards.
Officials say straight line winds and a frontal boundary lying across the region were part of the storm development, but a tornado was not declared. No injuries from the storms were reported as of Thursday afternoon.
Power lost in the city has been restored 100 percent, and as of noon Thursday, 30 percent of power was restored in the hundreds of homes serviced by 4-County Electric Power Association.
City and county crews, including the Clay County Sheriff's Department and the West Point Police Department, started out around 8 p.m. Wednesday night cutting tree limbs, removing trees and removing other debris from the storms that effected the roadways.
West Point fire chief Johnny Littlefield said each spring, the area usually does not see storm damage, heavy rain and flooding to this extent, and its especially unusual to have such strong storms occur within days of each other.
“I actually wasn't expecting all of this,” Littlefield said. “We were monitoring the radar and everything but just didn't' expect for it to get this bad.”
Storms that can through Wednesday and part of the day Thursday are expected to clear out completely Friday when no precipitation is expected to fall, though wind gusts could reach as high as 20 miles per hour.

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