Rains drench area as storms move through

Published 11:54 pm Thursday, December 27, 2018


NATCHEZ — Natchez experienced 1 to 2 inches of rain in approximately an hour and a half between 10 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday, a spokesman for the National Weather Service in Jackson said.

“The (Natchez-Adams County) airport shows 4 inches of rain for you guys,” said Marty Pope, a hydrologist for the NWS, of the total rainfall in the past 24-hours. “Over the area most of that came in a couple of hours (between 10 and 11:30 a.m.).”

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Natchez police officers responded to one weather-related incident on Turtle Lane in which a car got submerged in flash flooding and floated off, said Capt. Tom McGehee.

The occupant was able to escape the car through a window, McGehee said.

“If you can’t see the road, turn around,” McGehee advised.

No other major incidents were reported to the Natchez Police Department, McGehee said of Thursday’s weather.

Throughout the day, some 1,200 Entergy customers were out of power sporadically, said Mara Hartmann, Entergy spokesperson.

Most of the outages were restored quickly, Hartmann said, including an area close to Merit Health Natchez that affected several customers in the area, including a shopping center nearby.

While Merit Health Natchez did not lose power, Hartmann said, the Field Health System hospital in Centreville did lose power but the power was restored quickly.

Falling limbs caused most of the outages in the five area counties served by Entergy, including Adams, Wilkerson, Amite, Jefferson and Franklin counties, Hartmann said.

“They almost all were caused by wind,” Hartmann said, noting high winds blow out tree limbs that hit power lines.

Hartmann said 35 mph winds were clocked in the area with gusts up to 45 and 50 mph on Thursday.

As of late Thursday afternoon, approximately 20 Entergy customers were still without power, Hartman said, including approximately 18 customers off Starnes Drive in the vicinity of Woodland Farm Road and a couple of other customers in the vicinity of Melrose Montebello Parkway near Shadow Lane.

Hartmann said those customers were expected to have power restored later Thursday evening.

Pope said Natchez could expect more rain through New Year’s Day.

“The next 24 hours looks like another 1/2 to 3/4 inch before it ends,” Pope said. “We’re going to see most of the rain end (Thursday night), then start to push back up over the area with more rain over the weekend.”

Pope said he expects the rain to slack off today, but Natchez can expect another 1/2 inch of rain between Friday night and Saturday night with another 1/2 to 3/4 inch between Saturday and Sunday nights.

“Between Sunday and Tuesday another inch or so,” Pope said. “It is looking like it will stay with us through late Wednesday.”