More wet weather expected through Saturday

Published 5:56 pm Thursday, May 9, 2019

The nasty, wet weather is expected to continue through Saturday, with flash flooding possible, especially in low-lying areas.

The National Weather Service in Jackson said 2-3 inches of additional rainfall was expected in Southwest Mississippi, on top of heavy rain that fell earlier. Areas to the west are forecast to get up to 4 inches of additional rainfall. Lincoln County received 2-3 inches of rain Wednesday and Thursday.

Strong thunderstorms pushed through the county Thursday but no reports of damage were received by the weather service. A tornado warning was issued for Ruth at about 12:15 p.m.

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Multiple trees were reported down in Liberty, McComb and Gloster.

The Enterprise-Journal reported that trees and power lines blocked numerous roads and fell onto homes in McComb. The National Weather Service reported that six homes in Gloster had trees on them.

Entergy reported almost 6,000 customers were without power in Pike County Thursday afternoon. Magnolia Electric reported more than 10,000 outages across its service area. More than 700 of those were in Lincoln County.

Magnolia Electric reported multiple broken power poles between Liberty and Holmesville, and “heavy damage” in the Hwy. 24 area between McComb and Liberty.

It also reported that its Jayess and Salem substations were out due to transmission problems.

Jackson’s mayor declared a state of emergency for the city after several roads flooded there.