Although Hurricane Katrina was a terrible storm in late August of 2005, it still didn't destroy James and Sue Baskin's Newton County home.

"Katrina did us bad but not like this," said Sue Baskin, 56, whose home on Major Road in the Beulah Hubbard community still has a massive oak tree lying on it. "This storm from a week ago really wrecked our lives. All we could do was stand there and cry."

From Vicksburg on the swollen Mississippi River, over to Meridian on the Alabama line, thousands of people are still repairing damage and cleaning away downed trees from last Friday's severe weather that pounded central Mississippi, even while a new storm system approaches.

The National Weather Service says hail and severe thunderstorms are possible early today in the northwestern third of the state. Gusting winds and periods of heavy rainfall are likely in other parts of the state such as Newton and Lauderdale counties. This is not good news to people like Baskin, who need to take care of salvaging what was left from last week.

"We are living in a house that belonged to my brother right now," said Baskin. "Our house looks pretty much the way it did last week."

The modest home had just gone through a period of renovation. Baskin said the home and the renovations were paid for and that makes the damage that much harder to accept.

The bright spot, however, was the help the couple received from church members and neighbors. It will still be a long process Baskin is not looking forward to tackling.

"I just hope this next weather system doesn't bring with it any more damaging winds," she said. "I've had enough of that."

Mississippi communities are still digging out from last Friday's violent tornadoes that caused millions of dollars in damage and injured 22 people.

The storm reportedly damaged nearly 8,000 homes between Jackson and Vicksburg. FEMA crews and representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration are still assessing the damage.

About 200 homes are still without power. The storm, which hit the central Mississippi area during lunchtime and swept through with winds reportedly exceeding 115 mph, left about 94,000 customers without power.

Mike Reich, an official with East Mississippi Electric Power Association in Meridian, said crews and equipment are ready for the next round of severe weather.

"We've learned to plan for these weather events," said Reich, who added that about 5,800 customers in Lauderdale and Kemper counties lost power from a week ago. "We were able to restore all power to residents by early Sunday."

Some of the preparations include finding lodging for crews outside Lauderdale County who agree to come and help in times of heavy need. Reich said other planning involves everything from feeding the crews to washing their clothes on extended stays.

But for many, such as the Baskins, there isn't anything left to provide power to.

"I guess we're lucky because the tree came in on us not three feet away," said Baskin. "It could've taken me and my husband out. It was that close."

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