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Sunday, 10:30 a.m.: Crews continue to assess damage in the Starkville, Oktibbeha County area, but it appears that Mississippi State University may have dodged a direct hit from an unconfirmed tornado.
As of 11 a.m., 4-County Electric reported that 47 customers were impacted in Oktibbeha County. The utility said at its worst, 1,479 customers were without power at one time as the storms rolled through Saturday night into Sunday morning.
With the light of day we are beginning to be able to better assess our damage. We're down to some 30 total outages from a height of 46. We have about 350 folks without power, down from 1479. Most of those... https://t.co/tTJ8QhexCF— 4-County Electric (@4CountyElectric) April 14, 2019
Among these customers, some residents took to social media to report outages at The Helix apartments near the MSU campus.
At last report, 4-County crews were also still working at the intersection of Craig Springs Road and Highway 25, which was closed while repairs were made to power lines.
On Sunday morning, the National Weather Service Office in Jackson said it would send two assessments teams out to view the damage, with one team planning to survey Starkville and Winston/Webster counties.
At the latest report, trees damage was evident near Clayton Village on Bardwell Road. Storm spotter reports were also filed with the NWS Jackson office for trees down in Morgantown, tree damage near Aspen Heights apartments and debris on Blackjack Road.
In terms of structure damage, a tree fell on a house in the Hillbrook subdivision, but no injuries were reported. Siding damage was reported to some residencies in the area.
12:46 a.m.: Residents and emergency officials have confirmed tree damage and damage to light poles in at least one Starkville subdivision.
Oktibbeha County EMA Director confirmed that there was siding damage in the Highlands subdivision, but no major structural damage had been reported.
One resident also reported damage to light poles and limp damage throughout the complex.
Mississippi State University Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter said after midnight that damage was reported at MSU's South Farm Beef Unit and tree damage was noted on Hail State Boulevard.
Hail State Boulevard is open to traffic, though, Salter said.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Damage reported at MSU’s South Farm Beef Unit. Tree damage noted on Hail State Blvd., but road is open. As noted, full damage assessment will not be complete until after sunrise.— Sid Salter (@sidsalter) April 14, 2019
One unconfirmed report via reader email said a home in the 400 block of South Jackson Street saw flooding next door to Overstreet Elementary.
Another report cited flash flooding on Old Mayhew Road, especially in the Canterbury neighborhood.
Since the first tree down was reported at 2230,our agency received 185 calls and monitored almost 450 radio transmissions.Units are still assessing damage but we do have several reports of flooded roads and trees. No structural damage or injuries reported! #OktibbehaDamage— Oktibbeha EOC (@OktibbehaEOC) April 14, 2019
11:40 p.m.: Reports of flash flooding both on the MSU campus and around the Starkville/Oktibbeha County area continue to come in as heavy rains are expected to continue through the night.
Campanella said there were reports of tree damage in the Hillbrook subdivision and siding damage in the Highlands for at least one apartment complex.
She then said crews were trying to access roads, but debris continues to block some roadways.
11:30 p.m.: Strong storms continue to roll through the Golden Triangle, but initial reports seem to indicate that the Starkville and Mississippi State University communities saw only minor damage to trees and no injuries.
Social media reports showed metal debris at Aspen Heights in Starkville and reports of tree damage were also numerous from the area after press time on Saturday night.
Emergency officials also confirmed debris in the Blackjack Road area.
On the MSU campus, reports came in of students in residency halls being evacuated to the bottom floors out of caution as sirens were engaged across the county.
A tornado warning was issued for the area around 10 p.m. and lasted for roughly an hour.
MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter said the university's Crisis Action Team was assessing possible impacts on the campus, but as of 10:48 p.m., no injuries had been reported and no visible structure damage had been identified.
After windshield tour of MSU campus, evident that MSU was spared from injuries or substantial impacts from severe weather as of 11:15 p.m. Some flash flooding impacts, but no injuries or structural damages. Campus operations are normal. Assessment will continue after sunrise.— Sid Salter (@sidsalter) April 14, 2019
Oktibbeha County EMA Director Kristen Campanella said several trees and power lines were down south and east of Starkville and emergency crews are out assessing damage and clearing roads.
As for those in the county, Campanella also said no injuries had been reported.
So far, only minor reports of electrical service outage here in Statkville, but we will continue to monitor the weather. Stay safe, as it looks like there will be storms throughout the night. @WCBINEWS @COStarkville @lynn_spruill @wtva9news— Starkville Utilities (@Stark_Utilities) April 14, 2019
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