More rain expected today as officials watch the trees

Published 10:39 am Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Another round of storms were expected to move into Vicksburg and Warren County this afternoon, bringing even more rain and wind after two weekend systems dumped more than 4 inches of precipitation on the area.

Power had been restored by this morning to the nearly 800 Entergy customers who were in the dark Monday afternoon after falling limbs caused nearly a dozen separate outages.

Warren County Emergency Management Director John Elfer said the round of rain and wind today brought similar concerns.

“We’ve had so much rain that, if we get any kind of wind at all, those trees tend to get uprooted,” he said. “If we have any erosion, any kind of vegetation is going to come down.”

Elfer said the biggest concern will be trees and limbs falling on houses and power lines. He said a tornado outbreak is unlikely.

“We’re not saying we couldn’t have one, but the biggest risk is more rain and some wind,” he said. “It’s not as severe as an outbreak as the previous one.”

After today’s rain, Elfer said he expects to see sunny skies through the weekend.

Heavy rain on Friday and Sunday caused flash flooding throughout the county, including nearly 3 feet of water that covered portions of Warriors Trail near the Big Black River.

A dam on a private lake near Bovina also burst, but did not threaten any roadways or homes.

Mudslides were reported on Sherman Avenue and Villanova Road.

In Yazoo City, the body of a 9-year-old girl who authorities say was swept away by weekend flash flood waters, was recovered late Monday, authorities said.

Yazoo County Director of Emergency Management Joey Ward said Patrauna Hudson’s body was located, retrieved and identified about 7 p.m. The child’s mother positively identified her, he said.

The girl’s body was discovered in a drainage canal on 7th Street, not far from where she lived and was last seen. Earlier Ward said the girl’s sister saw her being carried away by the current about 7 p.m. Sunday. A neighbor saw her wash into a culvert.

National Weather Service meteorologist Daniel Lamb said the Yazoo City area had received nearly 7 inches of rain in the past two days. He said other areas had as much as 5 inches.

On Monday afternoon, Mississippi Department of Transportation officials reported parts of U.S. 49 south of Jackson were closed in Simpson County due to flooding near Dabbs Creek. By late evening, the highway’s southbound lanes, north of Mendenhall, were reopened.

Damage was being assessed in Covington County in south Mississippi where the National Weather Service said a tornado ripped through around 2 a.m. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said at least seven minor injuries were reported. Wind damage also was reported in Neshoba County.

The National Weather Service said the tornado has been rated an EF-2, with 125 mph winds, and a path length of 16 miles.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Pearl River, which is expected to crest at 32.5 feet on Thursday afternoon in the Jackson area, said meteorologist Ed Tarver.

At its highest projected point, the Pearl would be more than 4 feet above its flood stage, he said, adding at that point it’s considered minor flooding.

Tarver said there’s a 70 percent chance for another round of showers and thunderstorms to hit the Jackson area on Tuesday.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.