Wind gusts cause power losses in city

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 17, 2000

Winds gusting up to 37 miles an hour Saturday broke the wind gauge at the Adams County Civil Defense office – and they caused downed limbs and power outages throughout the area, too.

As many as 2,500 people served by Entergy’s southwest Mississippi district – including more than 1,200 in Adams County – were without power Saturday, mostly due to trees or limbs falling on power lines, said Forest Persons, Entergy customer service manager.

Entergy-served areas in Adams County that were without power Saturday night included the Cemetery Road, Liberty Road, Palestine Road, Daisy Street, Old Country Club Road and Alexander Street areas.

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An area including some of Seargent S. Prentiss Drive and D’Evereux Drive, including Super Wal-Mart, was without power for about 40 minutes Saturday morning, said Adams County Civil Defense Director George Souderes.

Entergy hoped to get the Cemetery Road area’s power restored Saturday night, but other areas may not have power again until the middle of this morning.

About 3,000 customers were without power Saturday throughout the southwest Mississippi area served by the Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association.

That included more than 1,000 customers in Adams County, including the Kingston area, said General Manager Percy McCaa. The association hoped to get power restored to those areas by midnight Saturday.

Meanwhile, Souderes wasn’t sure when he would get a new wind gauge. &uot;It busted it good,&uot; he said.