Thursday Storms Leave Mess Behind

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Thursday's rain was certainly bad enough, but what was even worse was the wind.

Windshield wipers were working overtime on some cars as the heavy rain made it tough to drive along Highway 145 in Meridian on Thursday evening. The stormy weather blew out a transformer on Highway 11 in Meridian near the interstate, which resulted in power outages. LEMA Director David Sharp says the wind that followed the storm came as a surprise.

"I really wasn't expecting it," Sharp admits. "We really didn't know what to expect because when we first started watching this system, it was supposed to be here last night and early this morning."

The wind was so strong that it knocked down a tree on Causeyville Road, causing a wreck in the process. Sharp says there were some power outages associated with the tree falling as well. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in the accident. Now comes the storm clean up before more rain arrives.

"The ground is saturated," Sharp points out. "So, it's not going to take a whole lot of rain to start having flash flooding issues. If you see water on the road, find another route."

Sharp also says to be careful when pulling off on the shoulder of the road since the ground is really soft right now.