Rare morning storm pounds Miss-Lou

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 27, 1999

A rare early-morning thunderstorm pounded the Miss-Lou Friday. The weather system, which had managed to stay intact the entire night, traveled into the Delta at around 8:30 a.m.

This helped provide the rare early morning thunderstorm, said Forecaster Lynn Burse of the National Weather Service in Jackson.

&uot;It hung together all night and maintained itself,&uot; Burse said.

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Adams Civil Defense Director George Souderes said these types of storms are common during the late summer and fall.

&uot;This time of the year we should see some weather patterns coming out of the north, northwest,&uot; Souderes said.

The storm dropped about 1 inch of rain in Adams County before moving off in a southerly direction at around 11 a.m., Souderes said. A high pressure system over the Gulf of Mexico and a low pressure system to the North helped the storm move on through the area, he added.

As of early Friday there were no reports of serious flooding in either Natchez or Concordia Parish.

Souderes said rain backed up on some Natchez streets, like Old Washington Road and Lower Woodville Road, that are prone to flooding. But these roadways cleared soon after the rain stopped, Souderes said.

The storm also damaged a tower at the Natchez Police Department that controls its laptop server. One of the department’s two dispatch consoles also needs to be repaired.

But the damage should not impact the operations of the department.

&uot;It’s not going to have any negative effect, except officers will not have access to their laptops,&uot; said Police Chief Willie Huff.

Entergy Customer Services Representative Forest Persons said the company had outages along Seargent S. Prentiss Drive and in the Montebello and Oakland areas.

Between 350-400 people were without power Friday morning, due to fallen tree limbs and damaged fuses but it was restored to all customers by the afternoon, Persons said.

Including the Friday storm, Natchez has had 30 inches of rain in 1999 and 37 inches at the Water Works Station on Morgantown Road, Souderes said.

The area usually averages around 40 inches annually and could still meet that this year.

&uot;We still got a lot of our rainy weather to come,&uot; Souderes said.