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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
The severe storms moving through central Mississippi Thursday morning have caused some damage, including downed trees, stalled vehicles, and a mudslide, all affecting drivers headed out on their morning commute.
According to John Elfer with Warren County Emergency Management, a tree is down on Mt. Alban Road near Highway 80 in Vicksburg blocking traffic. In addition, a mudslide has been reported on Mission 66 near the Warren County Chamber of Commerce building which is also blocking traffic.
Around 5:30 Thursday morning, Elfer says a vehicle tried to drive down Woodvine in Chapel Hills and became stalled. Although no injuries were reported, Vicksburg police assisted in getting two people out of the car and moved onto dry land. Elfer adds a car ran off the road at Fisher Ferry Road due to heavy rain, but no injuries were reported in that incident.
According to Warren County Sheriff's Office, there is a power outage on 61 North in Vicksburg. The power outage is affecting traffic lights, so deputies advise drivers to always treat a traffic signal light failure as a 4-way stop sign. In addition, Old Highway 27 and Paxton Road in the Oak Park Community intersection is under water, and has been barricaded off as of 7:50 a.m. Plan to take an alternate route if you travel in that area.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's office, a tree is down on Hwy 553. "One lane is passable, but the road is blocked from Mable Aldridge on up. Also, a tree is down across Freeman Road." Dispatch at the sheriff's office adds that more than 1,000 Entergy customers are without power. According to Entergy's website, 1,324 customers are without power in Jefferson County. The outage began at 7:47 a.m. and crews plan to have power restored by 4 p.m. Thursday. The website states a thunderstorm that moved through the area caused numerous outages. The estimated time of restoration could change as all damage assessments are completed or if new thunderstorms move into the area.
According to Claiborne County Sheriff's Office, trees are down on Grand Gulf Road, Hwy 18 near the county barn in Hermanville and on Hwy 547 on Cameron Road. Drivers are asked to avoid the areas until crews are able to clear the debris.
The front stalled out to our west Wednesday night, slowing down the progress of the waves of rainfall; therefore, the brunt of the storms will hit us during the heat of the afternoon, but many areas are seeing severe storms Thursday morning. We'll be on the lookout for strong storm, dangerous lightning and possibility of tornadoes. The timing of the worst weather still looks to be Thursday afternoon after 3:00 p.m. Expect a high of 74 degrees, along with our 90% chance of storms and winds SE 10-20 mph.
Thursday night we will still be in the midst of dealing with several lines of strong storm marching across the state. Expect debris to be on the roads, both main highways and side roads, we'll still maintain a 70% chance of storms. The winds will shift south and stay steady between 10-20 mph; lows will drop into the mid 50s.
Our chances of rain for Friday will primarily be in the early morning hours, leftover rain bands from the overnight period. Anticipate road conditions to be a bit slick with left over puddles and lingering showers. Rivers that were close to flooding are likely to elevated again, in light of the heavy downpours we've had in the previous 72 hours. Highs will be in the mid to lower 70s., with the winds still south. But their will be a slight break Friday night before another round of showers hit for Saturday and Sunday.
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