Despite a stormy Thursday afternoon with several tornado warnings, Starkville and Oktibbeha County made it through the storms with almost no damage.

Kristen Campanella MUG

Oktibbeha County EMA Director Kristen Campanella 

Oktibbeha County Emergency Manager Kristen Campanella said no damage had been reported to the agency other than a few buildings without power. Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill also said to her knowledge, no tornadoes had touched down within city limits, and no one had reported any damage to the city.

Starkville Utilities Director Terry Kemp also said no Starkville Electric customers lost power during the storm. However, 4 County Electric Power Association Jon Turner confirmed the storm had left approximately 250 4 County customers without power in Choctaw County.

“Nothing’s been reported to us,” Campanella said. “There was, I think, a handful of power outages reported on Highway 25, that’s going to be southwest of the county.”

Campanella said the system was more intense than she anticipated.

“The system came out of nowhere,” Campanella said. “The location came out of nowhere. We were expecting some type of rain today, some storms expected, but nothing severe. It kind of approached from southwest of our county.”

She said the first storm the county saw came over Sherwood, south of Mathiston before crossing the county line.

“That first line went across Maben and went up to Clay County, and we had one that went just north of Starkville into Clay, and that last one was south of Starkville into Lowndes County.”

Any Oktibbeha County residents who experienced damage can call (662)-320-7520 or email

Campanella also emphasized that storms can develop quickly in early spring, and encouraged citizens to stay weather aware.

“Everyone needs to have multiple ways to receive weather warning notifications and have a severe weather plan for home, work and vehicle,” Campanella said. “You never know where you will be when severe weather approaches.”

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