Winds, rain tear through region

By NEMS Daily Journal

Daily Journal reports
Stiff winds and heavy rain blew through Northeast Mississippi on Monday, leaving downed tree limbs and scattered power outages.
Many schools in the region let out early to avoid the worst of the storm. There were no immediate reports of storm-related accidents or injuries.
Downed tree limbs were to blame for many of the outages in Tupelo, said officials with both Tupelo Water and Light and Tombigbee Electric Power Association.
Power outages were reported in east Tupelo and the Lakeshire area, said Johnny Timmons with TWL, and the Barnes Crossing area, Oakview, Blue Springs, Plantersville and Woodland areas all had outages, said David Riley with Tombigbee.
TWL had restored power by about 3:45 p.m., and Riley said Tombigbee was wrapping up restoration efforts at about that time.
Across Northeast Mississippi, the story was similar.
Downed lines and reported straight-line winds felled trees from Marshall to Tishomingo counties.
In Alcorn County on C.R. 513, a tree fell across a car in a garage, said Emergency Management Director Ricky Gibens.
Other reports included downed trees across county roads in the Jacinto area, which supervisor crews cleared out of the roadways, he said.
Straight-line winds as strong as 50 to 60 mph blew down trees in Prentiss County, said EMA Director Ralph Lauderdale, but there were no reports of injuries, structural damage or flooding.
Several trees were reported downed in the Belmont area of Tishomingo County, according to the sheriff’s office.
No problems had been reported to emergency management or the sheriff’s office in Tippah County by the time the system had passed through late Monday afternoon.

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