Meridian resident Angela Davis had no idea that overnight storms could have such an impact on her property. To her surprise, she woke up to damage in her backyard. A tree collapsed and split the light pole that supplied power to her bedroom. The fence was also damaged.
Davis said things could have been a lot worse because the tree could have fallen on her home.
"That's the only thing I was worried about," Davis said. "I was glad that it didn't hit my house because my kids' room is on the back side of the house."
The storm dropped more than five inches of rain on this area in about a 24 hour period. Okatibbee Creek is rising with a chance of going over its banks soon.
The storm blasted a retaining wall behind Sonic on 8th Street to pieces.
Friday afternoon in Lauderdale County, part of State Boulevard Extension was underwater.
Some roads were closed at least temporarily due to water. The American Red Cross has been put on stand-by to help flood victims if necessary Saturday.
The Key chapter of the Red Cross notified volunteers that if the need arises, it will open shelters, specifically in Clarke County.