No injuries reported from storm
by Chance Wright and Rory Doyle
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Shelby Tornado
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The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is reporting this morning that a severe storm front that barreled across the nation's midsection during the night has toppled trees, downed power lines and caused other wind damage in several northern counties.

According to Jeff Rent, a MEMA spokesman, several storms producing high winds and hail were reported in Northern Mississippi and specifically Bolivar County.

He said experts would check for further reports of damage today and would inspect damage locations to determine if any tornadoes had touched down.

"While I cannot official declare that a tornado touched down on Blue Cain Road in Shelby, I would be surprised if that is not the conclusions of the inspectors," said Bill Quinton, director of the Bolivar County Emergency Management Agency.

"Despite the fires that popped up in other locations, the area around Shelby appears to have been hit the hardest. We're covering the areas where we know there's damage.

"If somebody knows of damage that were not knowledgeable about, we'd like to know for reporting purposes," said Quinton.

The Bolivar County Sheriff's Department received a call from Charles Kline of 1471 Blue Cain Road in Shelby, who reported that a "tornado had hit his house and knocked it off its foundation" at approximately 9:57 p.m.

Quinton said that on Blue Cain Road multiple properties received damage.

"There are reports of houses being knocked off of their foundations, roofs and other structural damage, several farm shops were destroyed and a number of farm equipment items were knocked over and damaged," he said.

Wesley Nokes, who rents farming proper on the road, was on site when the storm passed.

Equipment and buildings on the property were torn to pieces and scattered across the road Thursday morning.

"Around 9 p.m., I started hearing what I thought was hail," said Nokes. "The wind was blowing real hard and the windows started shattering. I could feel the vibration in the house.

"I went and got in the tub and in about 30 seconds it was over with but it seemed like forever. More or less it sounded like a train. You could just hear that roaring noise. I knew something was wrong, it wasn't an everyday sound."

A spokesperson for the National Weather Service in Jackson said this morning that three of its storm survey teams have been dispatched to the northern portion of the state.

"These teams will assess damage and determine the strength of the storm," he said. "One team will head north and survey damage across Bolivar and Grenada Counties, one team will head to the South Delta and asses Sharkey, Humphreys and Yazoo Counties and the third team is heading to Scott, Leake and Newton Counties."

At least seven people were injured overnight in Mississippi due to the storm.

MEMA spokesman Greg Flynn said there were two injuries in Tallahatchie County and one each in Scott and Coahoma counties.

Sharkey County Sheriff Lindsey Adams Jr. said three people were injured there, including a mother and her son who were hurt when their mobile home was destroyed. Two others in the home weren't injured. Lindsey also said a woman in another mobile home was injured when it was blown apart.

Authorities said none of the injuries appeared to be life threatening.

The sheriff's department also received calls of a house fire in Rosedale at 300 Front St. at around 9:46 p.m.

The unidentified caller told the dispatcher that the house was totally engulfed in flames.

The Rosedale Volunteer Fire Department responded and immediately called for backup from Battalions One and Six of the Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department.

The Rosedale residence rekindled at about 6 a.m. this morning and fire officials were dispatched back to the scene.

At 5:13 a.m. a 911 call came in and reported a house fire on Robert Gray Street in Shelby.

According to the report, a man called from 1525 Robert Gray St. in Shelby and said that the house next door was on fire.

The Mound Bayou battalion, the Shelby Battalion and Battalions One and Two responded to the blaze.