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Damage scattered throughout county
Public Works clears a fallen tree on Couch Street

A fast-moving storm barreled through Warren County on Monday, scattering trees and power lines and sending two people to the hospital from a crash on Smithville Highway.
Trees were down throughout the county, including several that fell across roads. West Green Hill Road, Couch Street, Spring Street, Pine Bluff Road, and Locust Street were just a few of the places where trees were snapped. On some roads, the fallen tree blocked both lanes of traffic.
On Fairview Road, a vehicle crashed into a tree as members of the Collins River Fire Department were attempting to clear it from the road. The vehicle suffered damage but no injuries were reported.
Six people were killed in the South, including an 87-year-old Memphis man who was reportedly electrocuted by a downed power line that entered his home.
The most serious local accident is believed to be a two-vehicle crash on Smithville Highway in front of Gateway Tire that occurred at 5:08 p.m. and sent one person from each vehicle to River Park.
According to a McMinnville Police Department report, Matthew Zahn, 17, was driving a black 1994 Dodge Stealth when he attempted to make a right turn onto Smithville Highway from the parking lot of Amplified Audio. In doing so, Zahn entered the path of a 2002 Nissan Frontier driven by Bobby Preston Jr., that was traveling north, away from McMinnville, on Smithville Highway.
In the police report, Zahn said he did not see the Nissan pickup because it was raining and it didn’t have its headlights on.
Zahn and Tommy Lewis, 32, a passenger in the Nissan, were both transported to River Park. A 15-year-old passenger in Zahn’s vehicle was not injured.
The accident culminated a frantic two-hour stretch that had officers, road crews, and utility workers scrambling throughout the county. Dispatch was so busy at the height of the storm it was holding calls as there were no officers available.
Caney Fork general manager Bill Rogers estimates between 1,500 and 2,000 customers in Warren County were without power at some point Monday night.
“There was no large pocket of customers out at any one time, but we had a lot of scattered stuff all throughout our system in four counties,” said Rogers. “It was a lot of broken poles, trees on lines, and lightning. The heavy rain was the biggest issue we were dealing with while we were trying to get power restored, but we had it all pretty much taken care of by midnight.”
Rogers estimates another 1,500 customers were without power in White County, but did have figures for Caney Fork’s other two service areas – DeKalb and White counties.
McMinnville Electric System general manager and CEO Rodney Boyd said damage was relatively minor as four customers were without power. Problems with a transformer on Bermuda Drive caused two customers to lose power, and limbs falling on service lines heading directly into two other homes resulted in a loss of power.
The National Weather Service reports the possibility of 20 tornadoes from the storm that gained strength once it reached the Mississippi River and pushed east.
In Georgia, a father and son were killed when a tree fell onto a home in Butts County in the central part of the state, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.
In southern Mississippi, a 21-year-old man was killed when his car struck a tree that had fallen across a road, Copiah County coroner Ellis Stuart said.