UPDATE: 03/30/2017 7:56am Beth Alexander and Justin Burks are on Pritchard Street in Brookhaven where a tree fell on a home there, almost completely covering the structure:
UPDATE: 03/30/2017 7:37am Crews from Lincoln to Hinds counties are working to restore power after downed trees have cut off electricity for thousands. Residents are reminded not to approach or touch downed lines but to instead call the local power company and police.
UPDATE: 03/30/2017 6:51am Madison Central High School has a delayed start of school this morning. MCHS will start at 9:00am as Entergy works to restore power in the area.
UPDATE: 03/30/2017 6:47am The Mississippi Highway Patrol is confirming that trees are down in several areas. Drivers are advised to use extra caution on roadways today.
UPDATE: 03/30/2017 6:36am Approximately 8,500 people are without power this morning. WJTV’s Natay Holmes says a tree is down near the corner of Robinhood Road and Manilla Drive. That tree came down on a power line. An officer with the Jackson Police Department (JPD) is blocking the roadway, making certain that drivers do not come into contact with downed lines.
Meanwhile WJTV’s Beth Alexander says power is being restored to some in Brookhaven.
UPDATE: 03/30/2017 5:04am WJTV’s Natay Holmes is on the Natchez Trace heading to Adams County. There have been reports of trees down in the area, one landing on top of a house.
A second round of storms is expected to hit the state later this morning. Residents are advised to remain weather aware and to keep a weather emergency kit nearby in case the threat of tornado activity or severe weather makes evacuation necessary.
UPDATE: 03/30/2017 4:38am WJTV’s Beth Alexander is in the WJTV Mobile Weather Lab. She reports that there is damage in Lincoln County. She spoke with Emergency Management Agency Director Clifford Galey who says at least four homes were damaged as the storm rolled through. Two residents needed assistance getting out of one of the homes.
There are trees and power lines down and several roads are closed. Galey says there is a report of a gas leak near the intersection of Highway 51 and Highway 84. A portion of Highway 51, including that intersection, is closed and drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible. Schools in Brookhaven, he says, are closed today.Original Story:
JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) – The first of two rounds of severe storms is dealing a blow to some areas of Mississippi.
WJTV Meteorologist Ken South says residents should remain weather aware throughout the day on Thursday. “All modes of severe weather will be possible,” during this time Ken says, “including damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes.”
There are reports of trees and power lines down in several towns. Power is out to many residents, including those in Brookhaven, Clinton, Crystal Springs, Flowood, Jackson, Ridgeland, and Sunkist. Broohaven appears to be particularly hard hit, with approximately 4, 094 customer without power as of this initial posting.