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Warren County spared the worst of Laura’s wrath

Hurricane Laura blew past Warren County on its way north, causing minor damage to the area.

Laura came ashore on the Louisiana coast east of the Texas state line early Thursday as a Category 4 storm, causing extensive damage to Lake Charles and Cameron, La., and the surrounding area before making its way north to Shreveport, La., and Little Rock, Ark.

It was one of the strongest hurricanes ever to strike the U.S. based on its wind speed of 150 mph.

Laura was kinder to Warren County. According to information from the National Weather Service, the area had light rain from the storm and winds ranging from 10-30 mph.

“I think we made out pretty good,” said Warren County Emergency Management Director John Elfer. “We had a few trees down and that was about it. We’re very lucky.”

The most serious storm damage was a tree falling on a trailer on Bradford Drive.

Elfer remained cautious, however, saying he had some concerns about the potential for severe weather Friday when the trailing remnants of Laura pass through the area.

“We had a lot of limbs broken off trees and trees down in several places,” Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said. “We’re doing a lot better than some places.”

Vicksburg Public Works Director Garnet Van Norman said the city also experienced a few downed trees.

“We missed a bullet on this one,” Van Norman said.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said his office responded to 20 storm-related calls, with many of those calls involving fallen trees, blocked highways and downed power lines.

Entergy customer service representative Shelia McKinnis said the county had scattered outages.

“We’ve got broken poles and trees on lines,” she said.

The largest was in the Mississippi 27/Warriors Trail area where 234 customers lost power after a tree fell on a power line. She said power was expected to be restored by 5 p.m. Thursday.

Thursday morning, 125 customers in the Warrenton Road area were without power after a tree fell on a line. Power was restored by noon.

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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