Woman killed, homes damaged by storm in Jackson County

State / Regional

MOSS POINT, Miss. (WKRG) — A giant hole was left in Charlie Myles’ roof Wednesday night as strong storms moved through Jackson County, leaving a small trail of damage behind.

“A very loud noise that sounded like a transformer blowing up and as I got up to go try and investigate a little bit water started pouring in my house,” said Myles. 

High winds ripped a large portion of his roof off, tossing decking and shingles across his front yard.

“It actually felt like the house on the south end lifted,” he added.

A couple of blocks away the Jackson County EMA Office confirms a driver was killed when high winds caused her vehicle to flip several times on Highway 63 near Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd. The damage in Moss Point is very sporadic. Across the street from the crash site windows were blown out of a car and SUV. Most of the homes in the area were untouched. The worst damage in Moss Point was at Myles’ home where he’s lived since 1970.

“Mama used to say son it could have been worse. Thank the good Lord he blessed me,” said Myles.

Repairs will be made to his roof later this week, he says. Jackson County EMA estimates the path of damage to be about a half mile long and about 50 yards wide. Myles considers himself lucky despite the damage to his home.

“We’re going to make it. We’re going to make it,” he said.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A woman in Jackson County, Mississippi was killed in the storm that moved through the Gulf Coast Wednesday night, Jackson County EMA Director Earl Etheridge confirmed.

The woman was driving on Highway 63 near Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd. in Moss Point when witnesses described seeing high winds flip her vehicle several times.

Etheridge said the path of the storm was about a half-mile long and about 50 yards wide based on damage reports. One home has major damage on Charles St.

Other homes in the area received minor damage.

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