SMITH CO., MS (WDAM)- Clean-up and damage assessment began early Thursday morning in Smith County as residents began to recover from the devastating tornado that passed through Smith, Jasper, and Clarke Counties Wednesday evening.
It's believed that the tornado developed around 5:30 in Smith County just outside of Raleigh and tracked all the way to Clarke County touching down in several communities.
An unidentified Smith County man from Warren Hill was killed when his mobile home was leveled by the tornado. No other injuries were reported.
Outside state agency's have stepped in to assist Smith County Emergency Management get help to the residents.
"I've been contacted by the State Fire Marshals office and MEMA has contacted me to get some more tarps in here for people who have damage to their roofs," said Tate Revette, Smith County Emergency Management Director. "We passed out some tarps this morning to try to get the roofs to where the rain won't mess up the inside of the homes."
Southern Pine Electric Association estimates that about 500 customers lost power due to the storm. Crews are on the ground at substations and in the field working on replacing lines and poles to get the power restored as quickly as possible.