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Thousands without power in Lincoln County, surrounding areas

Power outages throughout Southwest Mississippi have been reported.

At least 3,600 customers for Entergy in Lincoln County alone, while Southwest Electric is reporting just over 2,000 customers without power across the nine counties it serves — Lincoln, Copiah and Franklin as well as Adams, Amite, Clairborne, Hinds, Jefferson and Wilkinson. As of 2 p.m. Friday, Southern Pine Electric reported 22,405 customers without power across the counties it services, with over 2,200 of those in Lincoln (25), Copiah (757) and Lawrence counties (1,440).

Magnolia Electric has thousands without power spread out over six counties, including Lincoln County.

Lucy Shell, member services director, said 10,007 outages have been reported systemwide. That’s 2,490 in Lincoln County and 452 in Lawrence County.

“The hardest hit are south Lincoln County and the Walthall-Lawrence County line, which would include Jayess,” Shell said.

As much as 6 inches of snow accumulated in parts of Lincoln County.

The outages are being caused by the snow and “breaking pine trees,” she said.

Crews for Southwest Electric and Entergy are out working as well.

Bill Howard with Entergy said that besides the 1,600 in Lincoln County, there were about 440 customers in Lawrence County and 370 in Copiah County without service.

Snow on the roads is causing some traffic issues as well.

Cpl. Brandon Fortenberry with the Mississippi Highway Patrol has spotted several cars in ditches on highways and I-55.

“There’s a numerous amount of them,” he said.

None of the drivers have reported injuries, he said.

Fortenberry warned motorists to stay off the roads if possible.

Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins said he has not seen any accidents in the city this morning, although he has spotted some downed limbs.

“The weight of the snow is bending some trees,” he said.