9,000 homes and businesses without power after EF-1 tornado, cleanup underway

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Thousands are still in the dark after an EF-1 tornado ripped through southeast Memphis.

At its worst, 43,000 people were without power after the tornado that hit Monday morning, according to MLGW.

By 5 a.m., MLGW had restored power to but 10,000. As of 8:30 a.m., that number was down to 8,956.

Southeast Memphis was the hardest hit area of Shelby County. At the peak of the storm, winds reached 105 mph.

Homes, businesses and vehicles were destroyed. Nearly 150 people were displaced after the Cottonwood Apartments were damaged.

Streetlights along Perkins Road were still out Tuesday morning. Officers were directing traffic at Perkins and American Way while also patrolling the damaged areas.

At least one crew arrived before sunrise to start the cleanup of the damage. That crew could be seen working on a metal billboard that was bent over on the roof of a business.

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