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Storms with strong winds sweep through central Mississippi

(AP) — Storms with strong winds barreled through central Mississippi early Wednesday, toppling trees and ripping roofs off some homes and businesses.

Much of the damage was north of Jackson in Madison County, where hail fell near a Nissan manufacturing plant, a steeple was torn off a church in the small town of Flora and an oil-change and tire business was demolished near Gluckstadt.

Truckers were trying to sleep in their rigs near Parkway Quick Lube and Tire shop when they were awakened at about 2:30 a.m. by heavy winds and hail, the Clarion Ledger reported. Ivan Silas, a trucker from Memphis, Tennessee, said he worried his truck would be lifted into the air.

“Man, I was so scared,” Silas said. “I heard the hail and stuff, and the truck was shaking. That’s the first time I woke up like that, like ‘Man, what’s going on out there?’”

Madison County Schools and Canton Public Schools were closed Wednesday because of power outages and fallen trees, WAPT-TV reported.