Bad weatherhits county

Published 5:00 am Friday, October 6, 2000

A thunderstorm produced a funnel cloud and almost two inches ofrain as it moved through the county this morning, officialssaid.

A funnel cloud was spotted headed toward Enterprise Schoolshortly after 9 a.m. Friday while the county was under a severethunderstorm warning until 9:30 a.m. A funnel cloud is a rotationin the clouds but has no downward movement like a tornado does,said Clifford Galey, civil defense director.

Galey said the weather service in Jackson saw no indications ofa cloud on their radar.

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A weather spotter in the area of Highways 84 and 583 reportedlosing sight of the cloud, but it was seen again a short time laternear Enterprise. A sheriff’s deputy at the school reported winds ofeasily 20-25 miles per hour with trees leaning.

Superintendent Perry Miller said school officials implemented atornado drill from around 9:05 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

“They knew the weather was bad and took it upon themselves to gounder a tornado drill,” Miller said.

During the storm, a tree was reported down near the MallalieuDrive-Rogers Lane intersection. A county crew was dispatched toclear the tree from the road.

Around 10 a.m., civil defense officials said the warning hadexpired and the weather was starting to clear up some.

Calvin Carter, Brookhaven Waste Water Treatment Plant manager,said 1.73 inches of rain had fallen at the plant since it was lastmeasured at 7:30 a.m. Friday.

“We got almost two inches of rain real quick,” Carter said,adding that it did not start raining heavily at the plant untilaround 9 a.m.