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Thousands left in the dark

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Slowly Entergy crews are restoring power to thousands of customers left in the dark after a severe storm system slammed much of Mississippi. 

Utility crews fanned out all over the tri- county area and Warren county, where one man died.

This morning at 10 a.m. Over 23-thousand Entergy customers were still without electricity. The hardest hit location was in Hinds county were wind gusts were recorded up to 70 miles per hour.

A utility line snapped on Jefferson Street in Jackson, knocking out power and red lights.

On Fortification Street, a damaged utility pole leaned dangerously close to a business. The owner of Pizza Shack, Michael Parker said,  

"We are concerned that it will fall" said Pizza Shack owner Michael Parker. "Prior to that they did tell us when it falls there will be an explosion so we are pretty concerned. We understand a lot of people are without power but we are looking at major property loss if something doesn't get done."

Trees were blown onto power lines in the Belhaven neighborhood. Utility crews had to cut power off to others in order to get the line back up.

And on High Street near the state Capitol, 4 red lights were knocked out causing a traffic nightmare in the heavily congested area.

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