New power outages, icy bridges reported across region

Rain and freezing rain Wednesday night made a bad situation even worse in some areas
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 6:53 PM CST
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Another round of rain and freezing rain in east and central Mississippi caused problems for many communities in the WTOK viewing area Wednesday night.

Power outages, downed lines and trees and snapped branches were reported from Philadelphia to Collinsville and Bailey to Clarkdale to North Hills Street in Meridian and beyond.

Kemper County’s emergency management reported numerous trees down and blocking roads bringing down power lines. Thirty-eight percent of the county was without power. NW Kemper had an estimated more than a quarter inch of ice. “The rain is sticking to the trees and they’re coming down,” said the EMA message.

EMEPA reported as of 10 p.m. that it had 19,000 outages in its multi-county service area (including Winston, Kemper, Lauderdale, Clarke and portions of surrounding counties).

Other reports came in through Facebook of trees popping and falling, with ice downing power lines between Louisville and Macon, across northern Lauderdale County and in Sebastopol.

Power outages are widely reported in east and parts of central Mississippi
The power outage situation is unfortunate as line crews worked very hard to restore power to customers for much of the day. At one point Wednesday, less than 75 outages were reported in the Meridian area.
As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, those numbers are rapidly rising as that additional round of rain, freezing rain and sleet pushed through the region.
Customers without power as of 9:00 p.m:
Mississippi Power (in Lauderdale County): 5,232
EMEPA (in Lauderdale County): 5,777
Central Miss. Power Association (Newton & Neshoba counties): 15,007
Other utilities also have customers without power. reports 151,204 Mississippi customers without power as of 9:00 p.m. Louisiana had 107,996 out of service.

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