Panola escaped late-night storm damage
By Billy Davis
Panola County escaped damage to its property and people late Tuesday night when a fast-moving storm swept through.
Whipping winds yanked the roof from a residence of Whitten Road, the only news of structural damage to trickle in Wednesday morning, said Panola EMA director Daniel Cole.
Radar indicated a tornado between Sardis and Como, but there was no indication it touched down and it was not seen by a weather spotter, Cole said.
He noted that Ed Scruggs, an EMA employee, was driving to the Sardis EMA office during the storm when he was pummeled with hail.
“Hail is usually a sign of a tornado,” Cole noted.
Some residents lost power but it was restored quickly by TVEPA, Cole also reported. Residents in the Mt. Olivet area reported power outages, he said.
Panola road manager Lygunnah Bean said road crews started removing downed limbs and trees from roadways about 1 a.m.
County roads showed little damage from the rain, which Bean attributed to the fast-moving storm.
“We fared pretty well,” he said.