Storm brings damage to area

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Monday afternoon storms downed trees and power lines throughout southern and central Mississippi, with almost 500 still without power in the Lincoln County area Tuesday morning.

     Two homes in Lincoln County also suffered damage from falling trees, officials said.

     At the corner of Old Malcum Road and Big Springs Drive, a tree fell down the length of a trailer home about 3:53 p.m., said Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing. An elderly woman was in the living room but uninjured.

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     Deputies arrived on scene and assisted the woman out of the trailer home. She was transported to King’s Daughter Medical Center as a precaution, but was reportedly fine, Rushing said.

     The woman was not trapped in the trailer, as it remained accessible through the back door, though the trailer sustained heavy damage, Rushing said.

     No other trees fell on houses in the county, the sheriff said.

     On Union Street in Brookhaven, a tree also fell on a trailer home, but it was unoccupied at the time, according to the Brookhaven Fire Department. Firefighters responded at approximately 5 p.m.

     The fire department’s incident report indicated the trailer suffered 100 percent damage.

     Officials did not know of any other houses hit by falling trees.

     “As far as I know, that’s the only two we had,” said Civil Defense Director Clifford Galey. “We had a couple roads with trees on them, but that didn’t last long.”

     Galey said no flooding was reported to him and other damage he knows of was mild, consisting mainly of downed trees and power lines.

     On Zetus Road, Mary Manny reported a tree struck by lightning, felling the tree.

     “It was bad,” Manny said. “We can’t even get to our backyard.”

     Entergy recorded a maximum of 900 customers out in the area Monday, said Entergy representative Kenny Goza. As of Tuesday morning, 470 remain out, with half of those customers located in Copiah County.

     Goza said several lines and poles are down.

     On average, he said, a pole can be replaced in a few hours. Entergy hopes to have all power restored by mid-afternoon.

     Southwest EPA recorded a maximum of 3,000 customers without power, said Public Relations Director Azalea Knight.

     As of Tuesday morning, only 12 customers remain without power in Lincoln County, and 150 without power in Copiah County. Knight said power will be restored to those customers today.

     Magnolia Electric had a peak of 2,000 customers without power Monday, said Member Services Director Lucy Shell. The majority of those customers had power back by 10 p.m., with all power restored by midnight.

     The state Department of Transportation told the Associated Press that downed trees were blocking highways in Claiborne, Jefferson, Copiah and Warren counties, including Interstate 20, Interstate 55, U.S. 61 and U.S 51. The state said it’s working to remove debris.

     There were also reports of trees and power lines down in Rankin and Yazoo counties.

     The National Weather Service said across the state the storm included “destructive winds and large, damaging hail.” Flash flood warnings were posted Monday afternoon for parts of Marion, Covington, Forrest and Jones counties.