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Much needed rain downed trees and sparked grass fires across the state

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SIMPSON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Rain and lots of it finally moved into Mississippi, bringing with it high winds and severe storms.

This much needed rain downed trees and sparked grass fires as the system moved across the state.  

Extremely high winds sparked grass fires in Simpson County before the storm system moved into central Mississippi.

Firefighters had a hard time getting control of the 50 acre blaze on Walter Jones Road in Mendenhall. 

Another large fire was off Highway 13 in Magee. 

Three different volunteer fire departments battled the fires while Entergy crews worked to repair the downed power lines and restore electricity.

"Just a lot of debris and stuff," said Simpson County Sheriff Donald O'Cain. "A lot of fuel there, and it's just as dry as powder."

Winds gusting more than 40 miles per hour slammed a large tree onto a house on Florence Avenue in Jackson.

Mary Anderson narrowly escaped injury when it crashed into the house, car and shed.

"I'm lucky, because I was right at the door when the winds was blowing so hard," said Anderson. "So I turned around and went back inside".

Those forceful winds also knocked a large tree onto this home on Patterson Drive in Pearl.

Homeowners Ronnie and Melissa Patten weren't there. Neighbors called to tell them that the tree had crashed through their roof.

Workers scrambled during the heavy downpour to cover the gaping hole over two bedrooms.

No injuries have been reported.

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