Power restored in Tupelo; wind, beetles to blame

Tupelo StockDaily Journal

TUPELO – Strong winds and pine beetles were to blame for a power outage in Tupelo this morning.

Around 9 a.m., a large pine tree was knocked over by stiff winds that accompanied a cold front moving into the region. The tree fell across West Jackson Street and blocked both lanes of traffic for a short time.

Johnny Timmons, manager for Tupelo Water & Light, said all power was restored some time between 11 a.m. and noon.

He said the tree took out two power lines and three circuits, triggering a chain reaction that caused a breaker outage at one of the primary substations.

Timmons said the tree was weakened by pine beetles, several of which were found when crews arrived.

Trees infested with pine beetles are “just like driftwood, they’re so soft,” Timmons said.

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