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Power outages throughout metro and surrounding areas

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Before dawn Isaac's heavy rain and wind caused the flags outside of the Mississippi  Emergency Management Agency in Pearl to wrap around the flagpole.

The same strong winds and soggy downpour took power out of street lights near Highway 49 and the I-20 off ramp. At that same intersection you could see a lopsided street sigh from the blustery weather. Not far from there metal and wood fell from a cell phone store. The tropical storm conditions are brand new to new Florence resident Lacy Deevers.

"I'm from Cape Girardeau Missouri it's like an hour south of St. Louis I'm not used to any of this at all," Deevers told WLBT News.

Deevers and her fiancé live were trying to gas up at the Sprint Mart gas station at the intersection of Highway 49 and Highway 469.

"Stopped to get gas and coffee and there's no electricity," said Deever's fiancé Andrew McClendon.

On Thursday morning power was out down much of the Highway 49 corridor and neighborhoods throughout Florence.

"Woke up this morning and had no power so I'm running around with a mag light trying to find everything," said McClendon.

"I started lighting candles in the dark and I was like I have to get in the shower anyway's so I went ahead and took a shower in the dark," said Deevers.

To keep roads safe, MDOT and Florence Police are doing everything they can to get traffic smoothly through the four-way intersection.

"They put up some stop signs we've turned it into a 4 way stop," said Florence Police Chief Richard Thomas.

Entergy officials are asking customers to be patient as they try to get to the thousands of power outages in the area.

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