Winds of up to 35 mph hit area

Published 12:20 am Wednesday, March 19, 2008

NATCHEZ — An eastbound low-pressure system was responsible for strong winds that rushed through the Miss-Lou Tuesday.

The low-pressure system, located over east Texas Tuesday afternoon sent wind gusts of 30-35 miles per hour and sustained winds of 20-25 miles per hour through the Miss-Lou, National Weather Service Meteorologist Ashley Wester said.

The pressure decrease brought high speed wind fields from higher up in the atmosphere closer to the surface, where we are more likely to see their effects, Wester said.

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The weather service had already seen some damage in Louisiana — mostly weak trees falling — by Thursday afternoon, and expected to see similar effects until the storm’s squall line passed the area Tuesday night, Wester said.

“The main thing we are going to be looking for is strong winds,” she said.

Power to parts of southern Adams County was knocked out Tuesday afternoon, but an official from the Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association said it would be restored by 8 p.m. Tuesday.