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Power loss, but no injuries reported in area

Nearly 2,000 customers of Magnolia Electric Power Co. were stillwithout power early this morning after a series of severe stormsthundered through the area last night.

The National Weather Service in Jackson issued a tornado warningfor Lincoln County at 12:55 a.m., which lasted until 1:45 a.m.

Power outages began to be reported around 1:30 a.m., said LucyShell, a spokeswoman for Magnolia Electric.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and Brookhaven PoliceDepartment said little structural damage and no injuries werereported, but fallen trees and limbs brought down several powerlines throughout the region.

In all, approximately 4,800 members of Magnolia Electric lostpower during the night, Shell said. Most of the members had powerreturned by 9 a.m.

“We had about 1,800 members still out about 8:50 a.m. scatteredthroughout the system, which includes Pike and Walthall and partsof Lincoln, Lawrence, Franklin and Amite counties,” Shell said.

The company has dispatched all of its repair crews, she said,and the company hopes to have all members back on “as quickly aspossible.”