By The Associated Press
JACKSON — Severe thunderstorms Monday raked southern and central Mississippi, blowing over trees and knocking out power.
The National Weather Service said the storm included “destructive winds and large, damaging hail.” Flash flood warnings were posted Monday afternoon for parts of Marion, Covington, Forrest and Jones counties.
The state Department of Transportation said downed trees were blocking highways in Claiborne, Jefferson, Copiah and Warren counties, including Interstate 20, Interstate 55, U.S. 61 and U.S 51. The state said it’s working to remove debris.
There were also reports of trees and power lines down in Rankin and Yazoo counties.
More than 11,800 Entergy customers — mostly in central Mississippi — were without power at 9 p.m. Monday, said Joey Lee, an Entergy Mississippi spokesman.
“We have crews working to restore service as quickly as possible,” Lee said.
Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association said 650 members lack power, with damage worst around Port Gibson.
The Weather Service said storms are also possible Tuesday and Wednesday.