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Storm brings downed limbs, outages

Storms raced across Brookhaven and Lincoln County in the earlyhours this morning, leaving limbs and trees down in its path.

Brookhaven Police Chief Pap Henderson said limbs and trees weredown across the city with reports on Josephine Street, CurranAvenue, Mills Street and Lipsey Street. One house on Chicora Streetsustained major damage when a tree fell across it.

Clifford Galey, Lincoln County Civil Defense director, who is inTunica at a conference, said that early television reports of acommercial building being damaged in the Lincoln County area wereuntrue.

“No damage in the county had been reported,” he said.

Galey added that the Dickerson and Bowen building that wasoriginally reported damaged had been torn down previously.

“A couple of homes in the city were damaged this morning,” Galeysaid.

Galey said local officials have said the home damaged on ChicoraStreet was now unlivable and he would be calling Red Crossofficials to obtain assistance for the family.

Entergy crews were still at work this morning with “three orfour cases still working,” said Kenny Goza, account customermanager with Entergy.

“Probably 30 or 40 customers were without power all together,”he said of the total storm outages. “It was very uneventful.”

Lucy Shell, member services director for Magnolia Electric PowerAssociation, reported “three separate outages that affectedapproximately 70 members.” The association services members in andaround Lincoln County.

Azalea Knight, public relations coordinator with SouthwestMississippi Electric Power Association said “only a few scatteredoutages” were reported for Lincoln and Copiah counties.

“Most of our outages occurred in Claiborne and Franklincounties,” she said.