Severe Weather Blows Through the Delta

THE DELTA (Ben Caxton) — As expected severe weather rolled through the Delta starting early Thursday morning with high winds, heavy rains, and even several reports of possible tornados. High winds damaged or downed trees in many areas. In Vicksburg, a falling tree snapped power lines on a major intersection snarling traffic. Winds there also tore the roof off parts of the city’s water treatment plant, which remained open despite the damage. Roof damage was also reported further east to buildings on Industrial Parkway in Yazoo County where a tornado warning was issued briefly. Heavy rains caused serious flooding as well. Highway 49 in Hattiesburg was under water in places as more than 6″ of rain fell in a short time there. Washingon Parish north of New Orleans saw more than 8″ of rain. And many areas across the Delta as far north as Clarksdale had between one and three inches in total causing localized flooding. As the storms moved east lightning struck a natural gas line in Oxford causing an evacuation until the main was repaired. No one was injured.



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