Thunderstorms bring reports of minimal damage in north Mississippi

By by JB Clark/Daily Journal

TUPELO – Outside of a few power lines and trees, Lee County weathered last night’s thunderstorms without significant damage.
Lee County Emergency Management Director Lee Bowdry said he received reports of damaged power lines and downed trees in Tupelo, Nettleton and Shannon around 6:20 a.m. Bowdry said the damage reported was all minimal.
The National Weather Service is predicting the rest of Thursday to be overcast with occasional strong wind gusts.

Storm warnings, watches out in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Severe thunderstorm and tornado watches and warnings spread across Mississippi on Thursday along with a fast-moving storm with winds up to 60 miles an hour in some places.

The National Weather Service said the storm system was expected to be out of the state in most areas by mid-day leaving behind much cooler temperatures and gusty winds.

There were some early scattered reports of downed power lines and tree limbs.

In Warren County, officials said about 2,200 people were still without power at midmorning.

Entergy spokeswoman Tammy Rankin said at its peak at 4:26 a.m., about 9,000 people throughout the county were without power, she said. The largest area without power at midmorning, Rankin said, was in the Yokena community.

Warren County Emergency Management Director John Elfer said the wind pushed trees onto power lines, downed power poles and blew out several transformers.

Roads were temporarily shut down so crews could remove trees and limbs.

Elfer said he had no reports of injuries or damage to homes.

By about 8 a.m., Elfer said all roads were open.

Rankin said blown transformers and power lines were not the only reason power was out.

“We had an entire substation that was out as a result of the storm,” Rankin said. “That substation was the biggest outage we had. It put out power in the southeast part of the county, around Flowers and Bovina.”

Joanne Culin, a meteorologist with Weather Service in Jackson, said some light rain may continue Thursday in some areas but much of the system was moving quickly out of the state.

“We’re going to get some pretty gusty winds — 25 to 30 miles and perhaps upwards to 45 to 50 miles an hour in some places — and much colder air. Most areas reached their high for the day Thursday morning,” Culin said.

Forecasters said temperatures could fall to near freezing in many areas.