SHUQUALAK, Miss. (WTVA) -- For residents along Running Water Road in Shuqualak, Thursday's storm was one in which they will never forget.
By our own count, there were at least eight mobile damaged or destroyed.
One of them belonged to Ernest White, who lives near the road and says he saw the twister coming his way.
"God help us all. I saw it," said White. "I said, 'Shut the door, shut the door, shut the door.' I backed up, and she shut the door. The next thing I knew, it started throwing ice about golf ball sized. It started breaking out windows and everything. And when I backed up and about that time the wind hit, boom!"
He and other family members were thankful no one was hurt.
Another woman shared a horrifying story of how she survived the tornado.
'"We were blessed. The house started shaking. We heard it. My sister said, 'It's coming, it's coming. And the house started shaking. We all got together, and the storm went over, and we all went outside," said Jackie Dancer Breeland of Shuqualak.
Also on Running Water Road, one woman was taken to the hospital, according to family members, to treat injuries to her arm and face.
They said the injuries were not life-threatening.
It wasn't long before officials with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross rolled into town to set up downtown to give residents a place to go for help.
"There's a significant amount of debris on the ground, large pine trees. The power is down. They're working hard to get the power restored. We're working real hard right now to make sure that the citizens that live in these homes that have been affected and don't have power have a safe and secure place to stay tonight, to make sure they have adequate food. We're working with the Red Cross to set up shelter if that's necessary," said Robert Latham, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director.
"We have Red Cross here. We have Starkvillle PD. Of course, Noxubee County's Sheriff's Department is available for us. The county's emergency management person has come people from Preston and all around," replied Shuqualak Mayor Hill Jenkins.
"We just came to see if we could help out any," said Preston Foster, a member of the Preston Volunteer Fire Department.
By late night, a command post was set with lights in the heart of downtown.
The American Red Cross Disaster Services had arrived with food, water and supplies.
The mayor says that any resident of Shuqualak that needs assistance can also contact the Shuqualak Police Department.
We have also been told that a shelter is set up in Macon at the Macon First United Methodist Church.