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Severe storms march across central Mississippi

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Warren county saw the first brunt of the storms that moved into central Mississippi Monday. The torrential rains rolled across the Mississippi River into Vicksburg just before two p.m.

Warren County Emergency Operations Center Director John Elfer said the system brought golf ball to dime sized hail and downed a tree. Storm Chaser Vincent Webb of Brandon drove 80 miles west of Vicksburg to West Monroe Louisiana to film damage there.

He passed through the squall line that produced the damaging winds that left destruction and about 35,000 residents in the dark.

"We found a pretty good path of damage that could potentially be from a tornado or from damaging winds as well, but we did see a lot of hotel damage," said Webb. "We know that a good bit of structural damage as well as a lot of trees were down, power lines. most of the city was without power."

Many travelers stopped at the Mississippi State Welcome Center in Vicksburg during the heavy rains. Dennis Coleman of Knoxville was on his way from Birmingham to Louisiana when storms forced him to pull over in Morton.

"And it got pitch black and driving rains with no hail, but we were under the cover of a gas station," said Coleman. Finally we could see on our Doppler that it seemed to be moving more north, and we proceeded on. But it just rained like a bandit for the 40 miles east of Jackson."

No flooding or other damage was reported in Warren County.
 
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