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10-Year Anniversary Of Hurricane Elvis In Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Emergency officials are marking the 10th anniversary of the destructive storm known as Hurricane Elvis by reminding residents to be aware of weather hazards.

The storm hit Memphis and surrounding areas on July 22, 2003, packing torrential winds and strong straight-line winds. The storm struck in the early morning, surprising residents who woke up to toppled trees, fallen utility poles and damaged roofs.

Top winds reached 102 miles per hour in downtown Memphis, even though it was not a real hurricane. Officials say 300,000 homes were damaged and 750,000 households lost power.

Locals called the storm Hurricane Elvis after the late singer Elvis Presley, who lived in Memphis.

Shelby County officials advise residents to create disaster kits and identify safe places to hide from storms at home and at work.

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