JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Severe thunderstorms moved across much of central Mississippi late Tuesday night. Damage was reported in parts of Copiah, Hinds, Simpson and Leake Counties.
Some of the hardest hit areas were in northwest Simpson County, in the tiny community of Pearl. There are reports of heavy damage to homes and barns, along with numerous reports of trees and power lines down. Very large hail covered the ground hours after the storm hit.
Also hard hit was the Crystal Spring area of Copiah County. Dozens of trees were uprooted and littered the area. There were also power outages and power poles down. There was a gas leak in Crystal Springs following the storm, but that has been repaired.
There were more trees down in southern Hinds County, south of Terry. One sound bound lane of I-55 was blocked due to a fallen tree. More trees were reported down in the Raymond and Learned communities of Hinds County.
In the Edinburg community of Leake County, a tree fell on the attendance center. Reports into the newsroom are that a tree was truck by lightning and fell onto the center.
Emergency officials and work crews were out surveying storm damage early this morning.
Wind damage was not the only problem. Storms moved over the same areas Tuesday night and early Wednesday, causing flash flooding. Numerous Flash Flood Warnings were issued. The Emergency Management in Scott County reported at least eight homes flooded by water and parts of Highway 80 were closed due to water covering the road. There were also other reports of several other streets in the Morton area with high water.
As of 3am, Entergy reports 1,406 customers are without power.
There are no reports of injuries due to the severe weather.
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