After a month of hot, dry weather, Mother Nature turned ugly not once, but twice in Scotland County in a roughly 48-hour period.
The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed a tornado touched down briefly in Scotland County on Tuesday, June 26th at approximately 3:30 p.m.
The funnel cloud appeared just north of the Memphis city limits and was caught in a video by Haylee McMinn.
It damaged trees at the Jeff and Trinity Davis farm and launched an empty grain bin roughly 200 feet over a tree line and into a pond.
The storm front was also caught on video surveillance footage at the Scotland County Pharmacy.
While no one was injured during the tornado, that was not the case two days later when high winds returned to Scotland County.
According to the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Debra Eskew, 64, was injured when a section of tree fell on her at her residence during a severe thunderstorm.
The incident occurred at approximately 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 28th.
Investigators indicated that Eskew had left her home, on County Road 267, roughly four miles south of Memphis off Highway 15, to try and secure a barn door, when the accident occurred. They reported a roughly 40-foot section of the tree fell, impacting Eskew. She suffered serious head and neck injuries. Fortunately she was adjacent to a pair of parked vehicles that absorbed some of the impact.
Eskew was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to Scotland County Hospital and then transferred to Blessing Hospital in Quincy where her condition was upgraded to good by Friday evening.