NORTH CARROLLTON – Carroll County Supervisors said damages from the Halloween storm have been assessed at $100,000 for repairs after straight line winds came through knocking trees onto houses,
After a fun night of trick or treating, residents in North Carrollton and parts of Carroll County were awaken to downed lines, trees and no power.
Straight-line winds from a severe thunderstorm Wednesday night caused power outages and downed lines throughout North Carrollton causing schools to close, damaging some homes, and making it hard for people like Carroll County Emergency Operations Center Director Gayle Beard to get to work.
Beard said several homes sustained some damage during the storm Wednesday night. Beard said a tree fell on part of a house and car on North Montgomery Lane, and trees have fallen on Williamson Street. Hoboken Street, Mill Drive, a house on First Street received some minor damage, all are in North Carrollton. She also said the recreational park also received damage.
Entergy’s power outage map showed there were around 500 people in North Carrollton without power Thursday morning. Beard said 4K, the Shell Station and a beauty salon her daughter works at are all without power.
“Most of it was in North Carrollton. There was a tree that fell on 17 Highway, three quarters of a mile south, a truck driver and another lady ran into it before it was cleared. They’re vehicles were messed up pretty bad but thankfully no one was hurt and I haven’t heard of any injuries throughout this, so that’s a good thing.”
She said the awning at J.Z. George High School that stretches from the gym to school was blown off. Beard said students at Carroll County are out of school because there were trees down throughout the county.
“The county crew has gotten most of those, but with trees being a danger on the county roads, he (Superintendent Billy Jo Ferguson) didn’t run the buses.”
There was also severe damage to Evergreen Cemetery
Beard said she hasn’t received any reports of rotation. Although, damage to the tops of trees appear to resemble tornadic damage, it has only been ruled a straight line wind.
“It was just a severe thunderstorm,” she said.
Meteorologist Ed Tarver with the National Weather Service in Jackson said damages are consistent with straight-line winds, and the system that caused the damage is the same system that went through Calhoun County where a EF-1 tornado touched down.
Beard said some in the community were upset that the tornado sirens did not go off. She said Carroll County was never issued a tornado warning, only a severe thunderstorm warning.
In Montgomery County, Emergency Management Director Alan Pratt said there were downed trees in the Sweatman community and near Highway 404.
The Grenada County Emergency Management Director reported to NWS that there were trees down in Gore Springs in Montgomery County near the Grenada County line and there were two wrecks because of trees in the road, but there were no injuries reported.