Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 5, 2001

without power as storm clips Vicksburg

Mike Scott points to where two sweet gum trees fell on his home at 3029 Rose Lane during Monday afternoon’s storm. The trees destroyed the kitchen, carport and two bedrooms. (The Vicksburg Post/MELANIE DUNCAN)

[06/05/01] A thunderstorm that blew through Vicksburg Monday created a memory for Mike and Beverly Scott that will last for a long time.

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Wind toppled two huge sweet gum trees onto the Scotts’ 3029 Rose Lane home between 1 and 2 p.m. In the process, two bedrooms, a bathroom, the kitchen and a storeroom were destroyed.

The storm brought varying amounts of rain to the area with a high of .9 inch reported and an official reading of 0.53 inch recorded at the water treatment plant at E.W. Haining Industrial Park.

Ominous rolling clouds preceded the storm that arrived from the south and lasted only about an hour. The damage on Rose Lane, a small street east of Drummond, was only part of its legacy. Other damage included other downed trees and utility lines.

Charles Bryan, a spokesman for Entergy, said 3,800 electrical customers were without power at the storm’s peak.

“There are still 400 out as of 8:45 a.m. and we hope to have them back on by about 3, if not sooner,” he said.

Bryan blamed most of the outages on downed trees and limbs, saying most of the trouble was around Fisher Ferry and Nailor roads, north of Interstate 20, Clay Street, Halls Ferry Road south of I-20 and North Washington Street.

At just before 9 Tuesday morning, Bryan said Entergy had nine crews still working on downed lines on Wright Road, Tully Street, King Street, Chickasaw Road, Glass Road, the 8000 block of Halls Ferry Road and on U.S. 61 South.

Gwen Coleman of the Warren County Emergency Management Office said a report from Lynn Marsalis, director of the 911 emergency office, showed eight wrecks were blamed on the storm, but there were no injuries. One wreck was reported on Mission 66, two on Interstate 20, three on Halls Ferry Road at Pemberton Boulevard, one on Clay Street and one on Gowall Road.

Downed trees were reported on Grange Hall Road, LeTourneau Road, Heather Drive, Oak Ridge Road, Gowall Road, Confederate Avenue, North Frontage Road, China Grove Road and Cain Ridge Road, she said.