Thousands without power as storms move through Mississippi Monday morning

Tens of thousands of Mississippians woke up without power Monday morning as another round of strong storms moved across parts of the state, and Central Mississippi could see additional chances for rain tonight.

“Right now we’ve had a few thunderstorms in the southern part of the state,” said senior meteorologist David Cox with the National Weather Service in Jackson. “We have had heavy storm activity, especially along the Highway 84 corridor.”

Cox said winds of up to 45 miles per hour have been associated with this morning’s storms, with some even higher gusts.

“The highest I’ve seen was recorded at the Hattiesburg airport,” Cox said. “We had wind gusts of 54 miles per hour as these storms moved through Hattiesburg.”

With those winds came downed trees and power lines leaving thousands of people in South Mississippi in the dark this morning.

According to PowerOutage.us, 43,482 customers were without power as of 5:45 a.m.

Power outages in Mississippi Monday morning

These provinces were the hardest hit by power outages starting at 5:45 a.m. on Monday morning.

  • Lincoln County: 5,424

  • Madison County: 4,699

  • Lamar County: 3,384

  • Smith county: 3,380

  • Adams province: 2,591

Hinds County reportedly had 2,080 outages and Rankin County had 1,630.

More rain on Monday, possibly storms

Cox said the rain and storms should dissipate in Central Mississippi around noon, but more rain could arrive around 6 p.m.

The worst is expected on the Gulf Coast later Monday morning.

“A potential line of additional storms is trending toward the Gulf Coast,” Cox said.

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This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: More than 40,000 customers without power due to storm in MS Monday