‘By the grace of God’ Adams County area misses brunt of tornado weather

Published 11:06 am Tuesday, November 21, 2023

NATCHEZ — Over 100 people were still without electrical power Tuesday in Adams County, but that appears to be the worst that the county suffered from evening storms that covered the area late Monday.

The power loss is from a snapped utility pole in the Morgantown Road area, according to Entergy.

Adams County Emergency Management and law enforcement said that there is no known structural damage to houses or business buildings caused by the storms. But fallen trees were a regular sight.

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“Three or four of them at the most covered the roads, but the road department jumped on it and got those cleared out real quick,” AMR Director Robert Bradford said, adding there aren’t any more roads obstructed that he knew of as of Tuesday morning.

Twice, a tornado warning had been issued for Adams County and Concordia Parish and once in Wilkinson County, but those warnings were either canceled or expired without any confirmed tornadoes touching the ground in those areas.

Bradford said 44 people took advantage of the storm shelter at the Adams County Safe Room when the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch that lasted until 11 p.m. Monday.

Supervisor Warren Gaines reported dime-sized hail in the Pine Ridge area but no resulting damage, Bradford said Monday evening.

“By the grace of God, there wasn’t a tornado on the ground. It was just radar indicated,” Bradford said.

Radar confirmed several tornadoes in other parts of Mississippi and there had been over 15,000 without power throughout the state. Nearly 7,500 of those outages were reported in Hazelhurst.