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Storm downs some trees, power lines

A storm that rolled through Lincoln County early Tuesday morningleft a number of trees down and power outages across the area, butno reports of property damage, authorities said.

“We’ve just got a few trees down here and there,” said CliffordGaley, civil defense director.

The heaviest downpour, which included some hail, was around 6:45a.m. Galey said the county was not placed under any watches orwarnings during the storm.

Assistant Brookhaven Police Chief Nolan Jones said a tree fellon Natchez Avenue and knocked out power to homes and businesses inthat area for a while. Mississippi Highway Patrol officialsreported six to eight trees down, including some on Highway550.

Jim Hedges, Entergy customer service manager, said as many as1,400 customers were without power when the storm moved throughabout 6:30 a.m. The outages were in the Brookhaven and Bogue Chittoareas.

“We had some high winds, hail and intense lightning,” Hedgessaid.

Hedges said power had been restored to all but about 200customers in the Bogue Chitto area. There, lightning hit a powerline and crews were having to reconnect the cut line.

“We’re in the process of picking them back up now,” Hedges said.”We should have them back on by noon at the latest.”

A spokesperson with Southwest Mississippi Electric PowerAssociation said a broken pole knocked out power to some customersin the Zetus Road area and there were also some outages in theCaseyville area. Crews in the process of replacing the pole andrestoring power, the spokesperson said.

According to totals at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, 1.25inches of rain fell at the plant between 7:30 a.m. Monday and 7:30a.m. Tuesday.