Storms knock out power in area

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, December 24, 2014

NATCHEZ — Nearly 2,000 people were without power in Adams and surrounding counties Tuesday as strong winds and heavy rain swept through the area.

At one point in the afternoon, nearly 325 Entergy customers were without power in Natchez and Adams County because of the thunderstorms and high winds.

Entergy spokesman Tim Runnels said at approximately 4 p.m., more than 2,000 customers were without power in five counties — Adams, Amite, Franklin, Jefferson and Wilkinson.

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“We have brought in some contract crews during holidays like this,” Runnels said. “We’re working now to restore power as quick as possible.”

A majority of the customers had been restored by Tuesday evening.

The outages in the Meadville and Bude area impacted the majority of customers, and Runnels said those were caused by a major line being down in the area.

“There’s at least one line down across the highway that’s taken all that power out,” Runnels said. “We have units on site in the Meadville area working to get that fixed.”

The Miss-Lou was under a severe thunderstorm warning for a majority of the morning, as well as a tornado watch until late afternoon.

Quarter sized hail and wind gusts of up to 60 mph were reported in the area throughout the storm.

Downed trees were reported throughout the day in Natchez, including one that fell on an Ivy Lane house moderate damage to the inside and outside of the house.

Across the state, NWS meteorologist Latrice Maxie said there was some significant structural damage to homes and businesses reported in the Columbia area, about 40 miles east of Hattiesburg. A survey team will be dispatched Wednesday to determine whether a tornado was responsible, she said.

Gov. Phil Bryant issued a state of emergency Tuesday evening for Marion and Jones counties, along with other parts of the state impacted by severe weather.

A state of emergency is an administrative tool that authorizes the use of additional state resources to aid in storm response efforts.

Power lines are down along Mississippi 98 and authorities are urging motorists to avoid the area. There also are reports of flipped cars on the highway.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is warning of flooding in low-lying areas.

Rain and thunder is expected to continue overnight, exiting early Christmas Eve morning.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.