Storm Damages Marina at Sardis Lake in Miss.

July 18, 2011

Panola County officials say straight line winds as high as 90 mph are being blamed for damage at the Sardis Lake Marina.

County Emergency Management Director Daniel Cole tells The Panolian that an intense squall hit the lake area in north Mississippi on Wednesday.

Cole says 30 boats were sunk, overturned or otherwise damaged. No one was injured.

Cole says an onsite investigation by National Weather Service personnel concluded straight line winds were the cause.

Marina personnel say about 150 boats had been moored at slips on the docks that extend into the waters of Shady Cove when the storm struck. The most visible damage was the docks and boats strewn together near the rock weir that holds water year-round in the upper cove.

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