Weather causes power outages

By BRITTANY HUGGINS
Staff Writer

    A series of thunderstorms left many people in the dark and caused some damage throughout the county, said Jim Lyles, customer account manager for Entergy.
    “On Thursday night, 330 Entergy customers in Grenada County reported power outages,” said Lyles. “A widespread number of outages were primarily due to lightening damage and wind damage. Power was restored to these customers by 5:10 p.m. on Friday.”
    “On Saturday night, another 200 customers in Grenada County reported power outages due to lightening and wind damage,” said Lyles. “Power was restored to these customers by 7 a.m. Sunday morning.”
    “On Sunday, around 20 customers reported outages as well,” said Lyles. “As of Sunday night, all Grenada County Entergy customers had their power restored.”
    According to Lyles, as of Sunday, 14,400 Entergy customers around the state remain without power.
    “The areas with the most outages were in Kosciusko and southern Jackson,” said Lyles.
    The National Weather Service in Huntsville, Ala., reported trees down near Geeslin Corner at 10:25 p.m. on Saturday, and .88 inch hail and wind damage in Gore Springs around 9:45 p.m.
    Entergy reported significant power outages caused by trees blown down on power lines in Grenada on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
    Other damages reported include a roof being blown off a trailer by high winds in Duck Hill on Saturday at 9 p.m. and a house being hit by lightening, which started a fire, reported by Duck Hill City Hall. Trees were also reported down by Entergy near Highway 35 in Holcomb on Saturday at 9 p.m.
    Officials advise that the extremely hot temperatures will hang around through at least Thursday. Daytime temperatures will be at least 95, but the heat index will make it feel even hotter.
    Precautions should be taken, they said, especially by those who must work outside.

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