‘Thank God’: Officials cautiously optimistic county has dodged weather’s worst

Published 5:43 pm Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Warren County Emergency Management Director John Elfer was almost ready to breathe a sigh of relief Wednesday evening but wanted to “give it another 30 to 40 minutes” before breathing easy.

Elfer, along with other emergency and government officials, had watched for days as forecasts and predictions called for a tremendously dangerous weather system for Warren County on Wednesday. While the worst of the predictions did not come to fruition, others in Mississippi were dealt a significant blow by the strong storms.

Multiple tornadoes were reported throughout the state and as of 5:30 p.m., Elfer said “east Mississippi is going to catch the worst of it.”

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Elfer reported some power outages in the county and a damaged power pole on Clay Street. He also said county fire units responded to a home on Campbell Swamp Road where residents were reporting an electrical burning smell after the home was struck by lightning

“It’s almost time for a sigh of relief. We can see the sun in the west,” Elfer said. “I would say we have dodged the worst. Thank God.”

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his wife Stephanie, are the parents of three children, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend school in the Vicksburg Warren School District. The family are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi and serves on the City of Vicksburg's Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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