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Storm downs trees in county
by Jebb Johnston
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Workers with the county's Second District get ready to remove a tree on County Road 355 Tuesday morning. / Photo by Dal Nelms
Workers with the county's Second District get ready to remove a tree on County Road 355 Tuesday morning. / Photo by Dal Nelms
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Southeastern Alcorn County took the brunt of a line of heavy storms that moved across the Mid-South Monday evening.

Numerous trees and power lines came down as a thunderstorm hit the Glen and Jacinto area around 8 p.m., keeping county and ACE Power crews out during the night.

ACE Power Engineer Jason Grisham said outages totaled about 135, mostly from downed trees and limbs. Most residences were reconnected by about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Corinth saw only a few isolated outages as a result of the storm, he said.

Alcorn County Second District crews worked until midnight clearing roads and assisting ACE, said Supervisor Dal Nelms. The first report of a tree down came about 8:10 p.m. on County Road 335, where the road was completely blocked, and then Road 348, where a tree and power lines came down. A tree hit a house and extended into the roadway on Road 353.

More reports came with morning. A newspaper carrier encountered a tree blocking Road 339. Others were reported on Roads 355 and 376.

“Whenever a damaging storm comes through, the heavily traveled roads normally are reported immediately,” said Nelms. “By morning, we have another wave of damage reports on secondary roads from citizens starting their day.”

Emergency Services Coordinator Ricky Gibens said 911 received a few reports of minor roof damage.

After being out late in the storm aftermath Saturday night, the Alcorn County First District crew got a break Monday night.

“I kept waiting for a call,” said Supervisor Lowell Hinton. “That storm came through real quick, and the winds were real strong.”

With the repeated heavy rains, “We are getting a lot of calls on culverts and driveways that are being washed away,” he said.

MEMA reported two homes and one business with minor damage in Tishomingo County — one of nine counties in which some damage was reported with the Monday night storms. Trees were reported down in the Burnsville area, according to the National Weather Service - Memphis.

As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, rainfall since Thursday totals 4.69 inches in the city according to observations recorded on North Madison Street and posted at corinthweather.net.
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