Severe weather leaves its mark on South Mississippi

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Many South Mississippians are waking up to storm damage this morning.

At one point Monday night, four south Mississippi counties were under tornado warnings. The last warning expired at 9:15 p.m.

The worst reported damage along the coast was at a business in the Norwood Village shopping center in Gulfport. The roof of Morgan's Paint and Hardware was ripped off, and landed on another business, Harrison Financial. The damage to the financial business was minimal.

The storm is being blamed for at least one death in Copiah County. Officials said a 20-year old man from Crystal Springs died, when he crashed into a fallen tree. The Copiah County coroner said he died of chest trauma. Investigators aren't sure if the man's truck slammed into the tree that had fallen across the road, or if the tree landed on the truck.

Downed trees were reported in all three coastal counties. Work crews worked overnight to clear any blocked roads.

One of the downed trees was near Hank Renken's home in Diamondhead. In an email to WLOX Monday night, Renken said, "The front came through with a little more bluff and bluster than usual." Renken heard a tree snap at around 8:00 pm. "Grabbed a flashlight and sure enough, a 30' high, 6 inch diameter tree from a neighboring lot snapped like twig and fell in my yard (of course)," he wrote.

There were more than 15,000 power outages reported between Coast Electric, Mississippi Power and Singing River Electric.

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