Storm: Tornado Watch issued for parts of Mississippi and Louisiana until 7 p.m.

Published 11:52 am Sunday, July 14, 2019

NATCHEZ — Local officials still have their eye on Tropical Storm Barry as the storm passes through the area Sunday morning.

As of Sunday morning, a tornado watch has been issued for several parishes and counties in the Miss-Lou until 7 p.m., including Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Franklin, Hinds, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Lincoln Marion, Pike, Rankin, Simpson, Walthall Warren and Wilkinson counties.

“We’ve had reports of trees falling and covering certain roads, but no major incidents,” said Adams County Emergency Management Director, Robert Bradford. “We have crews on standby. The weather has picked up so we want everyone to stay safe while the rain is falling.”

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Scattered power outages have been recorded by Entergy since Saturday evening and early Sunday.

As of 12 p.m. Sunday, Entergy Customer Service Manager Tim Runnels said 203 Entergy customers in Natchez and just fewer than 4,000 Entergy customers statewide were still without power.

“We have approximately 220 people without power in Natchez and Adams County due to fallen trees and limbs that are forcing us to replace fallen lines, Runnels said. “All customers currently out should be back on by 11 or 12 p.m. tonight, however, we do have more severe weather coming that may cause additional outages.”

A U.S. National Hurricane Center report said Tropical Storm Barry briefly become a Category 1 hurricane and weakened back to a tropical storm as the system made landfall near Intercoastal City, La., Saturday.

By Sunday morning, its maximum sustained winds had fallen to 40 mph.

Gov. John Bel Edwards told The Associated Press that none of the main levees on the Mississippi River failed or were breached, and were expected to hold up through the storm, however, a levee in Terrebonne Parish was overtopped by water for part of the day.

The Associated Press reported about 125,000 customers in Louisiana and another 6,800 customers in Mississippi were without power Sunday.

For Vidalia residents, Mayor Buz Craft said the storm has been relatively minor so far, compared to what locals were prepared to handle.

“We’ve had very little issues during this event to date,” Craft said. “We’ve had a couple of limbs fall and a few power outages but no flooding reported. … So far the event has been minor, but we’re prepared for the worst. … We have to stay level headed and be prepared. … We still have a couple of days of rain still to see. I want to thank all of our town employees for working hard, gathering sandbags and all that they’ve done.”