A powerful system the National Weather Service said was coming hit the Crossroads area about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday with a knockout punch, uprooting trees, downing utility lines, ripping metal roofs off buildings and leaving thousands with power.

Loss of power closed Corinth schools and the Mississippi Highway Patrol was called in to help direct traffic with U.S. 72 as traffic lights were either damaged or without power.

At least one business was destroyed, Corinth Overhead Door & Glass on U.S. 72, when its roof was ripped away and rear walls collapsed. Corinth Color Center next door also had damaged. Tate Baptist Church also had roof damage.

Uprooted trees throughout downtown Corinth and the north Corinth area came crashing down on houses, vehicles and power lines or blocked streets. Shiloh Road was one of streets blocked for a period as city workers, police, firemen and voluneers came out to help clear debris Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning.

There was one report of a homeowner trapped inside a house and another report of a natural gas leak. Both issues were resolved quickly with no major injuries.

The National Weather Service warned the powerful storm would produce straight lines up to 80 m.p.h. There was no tornado and no tornado warning was issued for Alcorn County, although the storm system did produce tornado warnings in other areas.

ACE power reported 8,728 customers were without power at 12:15 a.m. Thursday and 7,310 customers were still without power at 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

Chainsaws could be heard all over Corinth Thursday morning as people cleared property of downed trees.

Crossroads Regional Park remained closed Thursday as four huge trees were uprooted in the park. Cleanup efforts were underway Thursday.

The Daily Corinthian interviewed Corinth Police Chief Ralph Dance about 8 p.m. Wednesday and he described the mayhem as "overwhelming."

"It's a mess right now," he said. "We have a lot of damage."

Dance praised the efforts of all emergency workers for quick responses.

The Wednesday storm produce the worst damage to Corinth and Alcorn County since Hurricane Olga hit in October, 2019.

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A 1981 University of Tennessee - Martin graduate, Mark Boehler has over 40 years of journalism experience. His wife Dawn is the love of his life and they share five grown children and 10 grandchildren. His passion is his work - writing and photography.

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