Storm topples trees, causes power outage

Published 9:34 am Tuesday, January 3, 2017

For the second time in just more than two weeks, a line of severe thunderstorms rolled through Vicksburg and Warren County felling trees and causing power outages in the area.

At the height of the storms, the scattered outages across Vicksburg and the county affected a total of 1,350 Entergy customers, with some outages affecting the northern and southern parts of Vicksburg, the Redbone Road and Grange Hall Road areas, and the Bovina area.

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Entergy customer service representative Sheila McKinnis said at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday about 192 customers in Warren County, mostly down U.S. 61 South, remained without power. She said the cause of the outages were because of trees that had fallen on power lines breaking poles and knocking wires down.

“We have been able to get some customers back on by switching service to other areas on our power grid,” she said. “We are still trying to assess the problems.”

Meteorologist Latrice Maxey with the National Weather Service Office in Jackson said the system hitting Warren County and the surrounding area was a mix of a line of storms and then a few tornados developing across the area.

No tornados were reported in the Warren County area, she said, adding most of the very severe weather was southeast of Vicksburg.

“Most of the damage reports we’ve gotten have been south of Interstate 20,” she said.

The storms hit in the early morning hours with thunder, lightning and heavy rain before slacking off about mid-morning and regenerating about 12:30 p.m., when a second line of severe thunderstorms with wind and heavy lighting passed through the area.

“We had reports of trees down blocking roads,” Sheriff Martin Pace said. “We also had reports of limbs on roads, but the deputies were able to move them. We also had some reports of some damaged outbuildings (sheds) in the county.”

He said a fallen tree on Ring Road blocked traffic as deputies waited for an Entergy crew to arrive and remove tangled power lines so the tree could be cut and removed.

Another tree briefly blocked Oak Ridge Road east of Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church before crews could get to it, while another tree blocked a section of U.S. 80 but was removed. 

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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