Minor damage reported from Tropical Storm Lee

Published 12:05 am Monday, September 5, 2011

Kevin Cooper | The Natchez Democrat — Keyone Sewell and his Lhasa apso “Precious” walk past a pile of fallen tree limbs Sunday afternoon on Miller Avenue in Natchez. The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee drenched parts of the region, knocked down limbs and caused some sporadic power outages, but seemed to do little widespread damage. The rain wasn’t enough to postpone the Sewells usual afternoon walk. “She goes for a walk twice a day, rain or shine,” Keyone said. The Lhasa Apso didn’t have proper rain gear but was making do with her winter coat. “I’m taking her in right now to feed her and dry her off,” Keyone said.

NATCHEZ — The worst effects of Tropical Storm Lee included approximately a dozen downed trees in Adams County and temporary power outages at more than 1,000 residences, but no major damage was reported by Sunday night, Adams County Emergency Management Director Stan Owens said.

Owens said Sunday evening the area could expect more rain today but a decrease in winds.

Kevin Cooper | The Natchez Democrat — The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee continued to drench the Miss-Lou on Sunday causing sporadic power and other utility outages across the region, mostly caused by falling limbs. Above, Cable ONE service technician Micah Griffith inspects the company’s cable lines along U.S. 61 South in Natchez near Trinity School.

The center of Lee was moving northeast of the Lafayette, La., area, Sunday afternoon and is expected to continue northeast toward Alabama by this afternoon, according to Jackson National Weather Service predictions.

The NWS ordered a flash flood watch for Adams County and Concordia Parish early Sunday morning, which was extended until today.

Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association crews worked Sunday to restore power at 800 Adams County residences outside the city limits, mostly in the Kingston and Sibley areas, public relations coordinator for Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association Azalea Knight said.

Knight said six broken power line polls, due mostly to fallen trees or tree limbs, caused the outages in the county.

Owens said the Adams County road crew cleared roads Saturday after approximately 12 trees collapsed outside the city limits.

Entergy Customer Service Manager Tim Runnels said nearly 400 residences temporarily lost power Saturday, mostly due to fallen tree limbs

Outages occurred mostly along U.S. 61 North near Village Square Boulevard and Newman Road and along U.S. 61 South near Live Oak Drive, Runnels said.

Runnels said the Adams County Sheriff’s Office helped to control traffic early Sunday evening at U.S. 61 South while Entergy crews repaired a power line that fell across the highway.

The county received approximately 4.2 inches of rain as of 7 p.m. Saturday.

“We’ve still got another day (of rain from Lee) or more,” Owens said. “(Rainfall) is pretty close to what the National Weather Service predicted for us.

The Jackson NWS predicted the area receive between eight and 12 inches of rain from Lee.

In addition, Adams County was under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Sunday. Owens said the risk of a tornadoes Sunday was not as bad as the NWS predicted for the area.

Owens said the highest measured wind gusts in the area were reported at 36 miles per hour at the Natchez-Adams County Airport.

The NWS predicted late Sunday afternoon an additional three to six inches of rain would fall in the area.

Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland said other than a flickering outage that was instantly restored the city fared well.