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High winds cause outages, block I-20

High winds knocking down trees and limbs on to power lines are blamed for a power outage affecting 1,905 Entergy Customers in Warren County, Entergy customer representative Shelia McKinnis said.

She said the outages are scattered throughout the county, with 247 of them in the Freetown Road and Oak Ridge Road areas, where a large tree damaged five power poles on Freetown Road and took down lines.

According to Entergy’s power outage website, outages were also reported in several areas of Vicksburg.

High winds hitting the area about 1:30 p.m. were responsible for toppling a tree on Interstate 20, blocking both westbound lanes of the highway between Vicksburg and Bovina, and backing up traffic past Bovina.

While motorists were waiting for the Interstate to be cleared, another tree fell on an SUV and an 18-wheeler, according information from Mississippi Highway Patrol.

No injuries were reported.

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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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