Monday’s storms causes flash flooding, downed trees

Published 10:34 am Tuesday, January 9, 2024

MT. ZION — The roar of wind and the Bayou Pierre up over its banks could be heard Tuesday morning in Northwest Lincoln County. Monday’s storm dumped a deluge of rain and Tuesday is forecast to have strong winds right behind it.

Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Reid said there were some reports of downed trees and flooding in the County but no major damage reported. Cow pastures, typically turned into lakes, had little streams flowing through them this morning along Lott Smith Road and New Site Road.

Gusty wind pushed vehicles around on US51 in Brookhaven this morning. National Weather Service in Jackson warns the strong winds will continue today with sustained wind speeds of 20 to 25 mph and gusts reaching 40 mph. Winds could be damaging to trees resulting in downed power lines. High profile vehicles could become unsteady in the wind so be cautious while driving.

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NWS Jackson issued a wind advisory ending Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. Use caution while driving and secure outside objects which could be blown around by the wind.

Lincoln County got 3 inches of rain Monday with possibly more in localized areas. Sustained wind speeds reached 28 mph at 8:56 p.m. Monday and gusts reached 36 mph at the peak of the storm.

NWS Jackson warns of severe storms Thursday and Friday but stated the storms are still too far out to predict when they will arrive and what hazard they will bring to the area.