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Natchez, Adams County come through storm relatively unscathed

NATCHEZ — Natchez and Adams County suffered limited damage from a severe weather system that passed through the area late Wednesday night, officials said.

Adams County Emergency Operations Director Robert Bradford Sr. said the area had two tornado warnings Wednesday night at approximately 10:30 p.m. and sirens were activated through the duration of the warnings.

A tornado warning means radar has detected a possible tornado in the area and the National Weather Service in Jackson issued a warning at 10:28 p.m. Wednesday for East central Concordia Parish, Western Franklin County and Central Adams County.

“At 10:28 p.m. CDT, a confirmed tornado was located near Slocum or 9 miles south of Monterey moving east at 45 mph,” a NWS alert stated.

Bradford said Natchez was lucky.

“We had some trees down on power lines on MLK by Anna’s bottom, Duck Pond Road, Old Highway 84 No. 1 and Jefferson Davis at Highway 61,” Bradford said Thursday morning.

A resident reported a tree down on a house on Oakland Drive off of Morgantown Road in Natchez.

“I was lying in bed and it came on through,” Sheread Bell said of the tree falling into her house at approximately 2:30 a.m. Thursday. “I heard it and it sounded like a bomb. That’s a big tree. I jumped out of the bed, looked to see the ceiling falling and that made me get out of the room completely. I didn’t know how far it was going to fall.”

Entergy Customer Service Representative Tim Runnels said Natchez has been lucky not to have widespread damage in the past few weather events that have passed through the area.

“Natchez was not hit hard,” Runnels said of Wednesday’s storms. “Natchez at the peak had 206 customers out (of electricity).”

Runnels said some Entergy customers were still without power Thursday, including approximately 126 customers on Liberty Road; four or five customers on John R. Junkin Drive; and 35 customers on Melanie Road.

Runnels said customers without power on Liberty Road should have their power restored by 1 p.m. today and other customers should have their power restored by later tonight.

“Natchez made it through this storm very well, even though customers who are without power may not thinks so now,” Runnels said. “This could have been worse.”

Entergy also services McComb and Crystal Springs where Runnels said damage was more severe.

McComb had 100 broken power poles, Runnels said.

Natchez Democrat reporter Patrick Murphy contributed to this report.