Tornado sweeps through Picayune

A tornado swept through Picayune Wednesday night, damaging buildings and knocking out power in several areas.

Today, debris could be seen along several roadways and some streets were closed off.

No injuries or deaths were reported in Picayune.

The EF-1 tornado, with wind speeds of between 86 and 110 miles per hour, knocked power out for at least 400 residents Wednesday night. Aluminum roofing hung from trees Thursday, blown from houses along East Canal Street. The tornado formed in the wake of several powerful thunderstorms. Lucille Waters heard what sounded like a train plowing through her neighborhood. “It was off a track or something, like a train that had run off a track or something. And it just — it wasn’t long, but I covered my head up with a towel.”

Picayune Mayor Jim Luke is proud of the teamwork shown in his city. “Our public works are doing an outstanding job, they’re working as we speak, our police and our fire were on the scene immediately last night.”

The City of Picayune is still assessing the cost of the damage. City officials say that all roads should be cleared by the end of Friday. “I thank the Lord. I can’t find the words. I don’t have the words.”

All residents had power again by 1 a.m. New AT&T lines are being installed at 1500 East Canal Street.

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