Storms leave wake of damage, flooding, more could be on the way

Published 1:50 pm Monday, May 13, 2024

BOGUE CHITTO — Strong winds and severe thunderstorms have not only knocked out power to Lincoln County residents but have also caused damage and flooding Monday morning. The Daily Leader received reports of damage in the southern part of Lincoln County.

One reader reported damage on Cole Drive staging that “Debris and trees are down.” Another stated their neighbors’ trampoline was blown into a cow field and shingles were blown off of their home.

Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Reid said trees are still down in roadways mainly in the south part of Lincoln County. Drivers need to exercise caution while driving. Additionally, several roads across the county are underwater. It is dangerous to attempt to drive through flooded roadways. 

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Additional storms could be on the way, the National Weather Service in Jackson warns. Lincoln County is at a marginal risk of isolated severe storms this evening. Forecasts warn the isolated storms could bring damaging wind gusts and hail up to a quarter in size. Storms could hit the area between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Cleaning up

City of Brookhaven road crews are busy working to clean up debris on city streets Monday morning. District crews in the County are busy clearing roadways as well. 

Power is slowly being restored to customers. This morning there were about 5,000 customers in Lincoln County without power. 

Reports from Entergy, Southwest Electric and Magnolia Electric have cut those numbers almost in half. Southwest Electric reports 249 customers in Lincoln County are without power, Entergy reports 52 customers are without power and Magnolia Electric reports 1,800 customers are without power. 

According to Southwest Electric, 879 customers are without power in Copiah County. Magnolia Electric reports 891 customers in Lawrence County are without power. 

Downed trees

Trees were down on Shell Oil Lane, Rolling Meadows and Bogue Chitto Road according to reports from readers. The Daily Leader received an additional report of a tree falling onto a car on US51. 

A reader reported downed trees and structures in Jayess and Topeka in Lawrence County. It is too early for the National Weather Service to report if a tornado touched down there but we will provide updates if they do.

West Lincoln has downed tree limbs on Jackson Liberty according to a reader.There are reports of trees on vehicles including the truck of a reader on Topisaw Drive near Enterprise School.

We will provide more updates as they come in.