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Lightning leaves school, area without power Monday

Trinity fifth grader Alex Owens uses a clip light to see his pages as he does his homework in the middle school hallway. The power was knocked out for a couple of hours when lightning struck a power line south of town. (Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat)

Trinity fifth grader Alex Owens uses a clip light to see his pages as he does his homework in the middle school hallway. The power was knocked out for a couple of hours when lightning struck a power line south of town. (Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Inclement weather caused a brief power outage and a few downed trees Monday, but the area escaped otherwise unscathed. Approximately 200 houses and Trinity Episcopal Day School were without power following a lightning strike Tuesday morning.

Trinity first grade teacher Romona Fenn uses the light from an open door to read a lesson to her students in their darkened classroom.  (Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat)

Trinity first grade teacher Romona Fenn uses the light from an open door to read a lesson to her students in their darkened classroom. (Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat)

Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association Natchez Branch Manager Jimmy June said one of the association’s main lines was struck by lightning and split in two during inclement weather. A Southwest Mississippi EPA spokesperson said approximately 217 customers were affected by the outage, which lasted from approximately 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Entergy Mississippi spokesman Tim Runnels said none of Entergy’s service areas were affected during the day. While Southeastern Louisiana experienced significant high winds — strong enough to blow rail cars off the Huey P. Long Bridge in Jefferson Parish — the storm largely skirted the Miss-Lou, Adams County Emergency Management Director Robert Bradford said. Damage was limited to downed trees on U.S. 84 and on roads in the Kingston area, but no residences were impacted, Bradford said. The National Weather Service has predicted thunderstorms will continue today with winds of 10 to 15 miles per hour.

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