Starkville Daily News - - AROUND TOWN -

county, the NOAA Storm Pre­dic­tion Cen­ter did not re­ceive re­ports of other dam­age or weather-re­lated is­sues from other parts of the Golden Tri­an­gle as of press dead­line on Wed­nes­day night.

Just out­side of Starkville, a large oak tree fell near the far cor­ner of Linda Jack­son's house around 5 p.m on Hick­ory Drive, just off Hick­ory Grove Road in Ok­tibbeha County.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice is­sued a se­vere thun­der­storm warn­ing at 4:20 p.m. Wed­nes­day, which came right be­fore the storm ramped up over Jack­son's home.

She did, how­ever, count her­self lucky that the fallen tree didn't come down di­rectly on the home, which suf­fered min­i­mal to no dam­age.

“I heard the big gust of wind and I knew some­thing was up,” Jack­son said as she looked over the downed tree and de­bris strewn through her yard.

Jack­son then said she im­me­di­ately went into her far bed­room to check the ceil­ing to make sure the tree didn't come through.

“I couldn't go out­side to check be­cause it kept storm­ing,” she said. “I would have been ter­ri­fied if it had hit at night.”

Just down the street, Les­lie Dimino and Amanda McGin­nis helped fam­ily and friends clean up de­bris from Dimino's yard in a heav­ily-wooded area of the county.

Dimino, who lives at the home on Hick­ory Drive, said the power never went out ex­cept for quick in­stances. But dur­ing one in­ter­rup­tion she no­ticed the weather tak­ing a turn for the worse.

“I looked out the win­dow and no­ticed the trees were just snap­ping off snap­ping, snap­ping and snap­ping,” she said.

Dimino and McGin­nis both then sought shel­ter in one of the home's bath­rooms.

“It got re­ally loud then,” McGin­nis noted. “Noth­ing is dam­aged, it's just a mess.”

Roughly a mile from Hick­ory Drive, on High­way 182, the storm ripped a large tree branch from a nearly cen­tu­ry­old oak tree in the yard of a pri­vate res­i­dence. Part of the limb fell across the west­bound lane of High­way 182 near Cur­tis Chapel Road, caus­ing slight traf­fic is­sues.

State troop­ers were on the scene shortly there­after and crews from the Mis­sis­sippi Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion had the lane cleared be­fore 6 p.m.

In terms of out­ages in the county, 4-County Elec­tric re­ported 177 with­out power fol­low­ing the storm.

Starkville Util­i­ties Gen­eral Man­ager Terry Kemp told the Starkville Daily News that they would have a firm num­ber of out­ages in the city on Thurs­day.

Ok­tibbeha County EMA Di­rec­tor Kris­ten Cam­panella said out­ages were re­ported in the vicin­ity of Academy Road af­ter a tree fell on a elec­tric sub­sta­tion on In­dus­trial Park Road.

Just off Academy Road on Starr Av­enue at Academy Vil­lage apart­ments, two trees were snapped near their bases and fell against an apart­ment build­ing, but no vis­i­ble dam­age to the build­ing's ex­te­rior could be seen from the street.

How­ever, the ex­tent of dam­age to the build­ing has not been con­firmed at this time.

Cam­panella then said out­ages were also re­ported on the north side of the city near High­land Av­enue.

“Our of­fice con­stantly mon­i­tors weather con­di­tions for our area and tries to give up­dates as soon as we get them,” Cam­panella said.

She then said this is the time of year where cau­tion should be given to se­vere weather be­cause strong storms can de­velop quickly.

As a safety mea­sure, Cam­panella rec­om­mended cit­i­zens use CodeRED, a free emer­gency no­ti­fi­ca­tion ser­vice pro­vided to all Ok­tibbeha County res­i­dents that will pro­vide no­ti­fi­ca­tions of emer­gency in­for­ma­tion through phone calls, text mes­sages, emails and so­cial me­dia.

To sign up for the ser­vice, visit the county's web­site.

“All law en­force­ment, util­ity and road crews were dis­patched im­me­di­ately to­day fol­low­ing the storm that passed through and we would like to thank them for their quick re­sponse, as al­ways, to help get our com­mu­nity back to nor­mal con­di­tions,” Cam­panella said.

(Photo by Ryan Phillips, SDN)

The storm snapped at least two trees at Academy Vil­lage apart­ments on Starr Av­enue Wed­nes­day. The trees fell against the build­ing and the ex­tent of dam­age is un­clear at this time.

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