MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A confirmed tornado ripped through the city of Memphis Monday morning, leaving a trail of damaged homes and uprooted trees. Businesses in southeast Memphis are making do until Memphis Light Gas and Water can get the power back on.
“We have no power,” said Kerry Melson, the vice president at Chuck Hutton Chevrolet. “The city is telling us that it may be as much as five to seven days, and if you look, we’re already bringing a generator in.”
The car dealership on Mt. Moriah suffered extensive damage. Its commercial building was torn apart, leaving metal shingles from the roof hanging.
“This building suffered pretty substantial damage,” said Melson. “The good news is that this is just one of our buildings. This is our commercial building. Our main showroom and our show department suffered very little damage.”
On Perkins, vehicles at a tire shop were damaged. Residents like Helen Mack woke up to the loud roaring of 105 mile per hour winds.
“There’s this loud noise, and you could just hear stuff flying,” said Mack, who lives in the Meadowbrook subdivision. “I go, ‘oh my gosh I hope nothing comes through this window,’ because I was really standing at my bed, which is at the window. Then I said, ‘Can I move fast enough to get to the closet?”
Mack then came outside to see the devastation.
“The pole is gone,” said the homeowner. “Lightning started flashing everywhere. You know, that’s when my husband came out here and said the transformer is gone.”