Possible tornadoes cause damage, power outages

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Several locations in the Newscenter 11 viewing area received damage during overnight storms that spawned multiple tornado warnings. Here is what we have so far:

Meridian:

Emergency officials have reported several trees down in the area, along with some power outages.

A limb fell on a powerline on Highway 493 near Poplar Springs Dr. and caught fire. Power crews were on scene quickly to resolve the issue and power was restored to the Broadmoor area and much of 493 by the early morning hours Sunday.

LEMA Director John Williamson says there have been no reports of damaged homes or other buildings, just trees.

As of 2:20 a.m. power companies were reporting only a few customers were still in the dark.

Clarke County:

Numerous road crews and Emergency Management officials are out in Clarke County where authorities believe a tornado touched down late Saturday night.

Emergency Management Director Eddie Ivy says emergency crews were working to remove trees and debris from several county roads and highways. He says no injuries have been reported in Clarke County and there is no major structural damage reported as of 2:00 a.m.

Ivy says several trees were down on Highway 18 E. and north of Quitman on County Road 147. He reports flash flooding occurred in Quitman, but the water has receded.

Around 2:00 a.m. EMEPA was reporting more than 6,500 customers without power. Mississippi Power was reporting around 70. Power was expected to be restored quickly for much of the area.

Kemper County:

A tornado was reported moving through the Electric Mills and Scooba area late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Kemper County Sheriff James Moore says there have been multiple reports of trees blocking roadways, along with power outages.

No injuries have been reported as of this moment. There haven’t been structural damage reports either.

As of 2:00 a.m. EMEPA was reporting 5,500 customers were without power. Power was quickly being restored in several affected areas.

Officials urge caution when traveling the roadways due to trees and power lines being down.

Crews will be surveying the areas Sunday to determine the extent of damage.