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ACE Power aids Tupelo tornado response
by Kimberly Shelton
Apr 29, 2014 | 62 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Alcorn County Electric Power Association dispatched workers and trucks to Lee County to assist in restoring power after a damaging tornado hit Tupelo.

The local ACE crew includes eight workers, two bucket trucks, one “Digger Derrick” and one pickup truck.

“We received a phone call around 8 p.m. Monday requesting assistance after the tornado. Our crews left around 9 p.m. last night and headed to Saltillo to help out. They will be there all day getting power lines back up, setting poles and clearing out the damaged lines,” said ACE Power Engineering Manager Jason Grisham.

Clean-up continues in north Tupelo and other portions of the county after a dangerous storm system ignited a chain of deadly tornadoes over a three-day period.

The streets near Gloster and Green were unrecognizable as volunteers surveyed the damage and dug through the debris in hopes of finding something salvageable.

Shortly after 2:40 p.m., Monday a powerful storm producing a wedge-shaped twister was spotted near Barnes Crossing.

The ominous cyclone continued its path of destruction, traveling northeast at 50 mph.

Power lines were snapped and trees were uprooted as ravenous winds ripped through downtown Tupelo, piling vehicles on top of each other at King Kars and smacking down the sign at Goodwill.

Hammer’s Hot Wings, Vanelli’s, Outback Steak House, Steak Escape, Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, La Quinta, Sprint Mart and others were the unfortunate casualties.

An estimated 2,000 homes and 100 businesses were damaged or completely destroyed, according to the latest damage reports.

Numerous injuries were recorded and one casualty was attributed to the storm in Lee County.

The devastating events come just one day after an outbreak of 60 tornadoes claimed the lives of 250 people in Alabama on April 27, 2011.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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