Straight Line Winds Topple Power Poles in Tunica

Straight Line Winds Topple Power Poles in Tunica

A brief storm blew through town Sunday night and blew down multiple power lines. Nearly 30 huge power poles snapped in half along Casino Strip Resort Boulevard.
TUNICA, MS (localmemphis.com) - It's been a hectic 24 hours in Tunica. Power crews across Northern Mississippi were scrambling Monday to restore electricity and clean up damage caused by straight line winds.

A brief storm blew through town Sunday night and blew down multiple power lines. Nearly 30 huge power poles snapped in half along Casino Strip Resort Boulevard.

Monday, power crews were busy putting up new poles and cleaning up the damage.

Power lines, glass, shards of metal and wood from the broken poles were scattered across the road. The sheriff's department shut down a portion of the street and deputies were re-routing traffic.

A few homes and three of the casinos lost power and were running off generators.

There were no injuries and no business closures because of the damage.

"They're telling us to just go back down this road," says gambler Yvette Freeman. "I'm out here from Los Angeles, want to go gamble in Mississippi. I just have a little detour."

About 60 Entergy workers were in Tunica. They started cleaning up right after the storm.

Those at Tunica's Emergency Operations Center stated should be restored by Monday night.
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