RAIN EXPECTED TO END TODAY
BY LaRaye Brown
This weekend's bad weather may leave today after causing havoc in Northeast Mississippi.
Saturday morning tornadoes tore through communities in Pontotoc and Union counties, damaging approximately 140 homes and structures.
Damage from those tornadoes temporarily left between 400 and 500 homes without power, said Bob Collier, manager of the Northeast Mississippi Power Association in Oxford. NMPA worked with two other power companies to restore power to homes in Randolph and Martintown.
By Saturday evening, power had been restored to all homes that were not destroyed or severely damaged.
Total damage estimates will not be available for a few days.
Officials from Congressman Roger Wicker's office and the Mississippi Emergency Agency surveyed the affected areas Sunday. In a press release, Wicker said Gov. Kirk Fordice will decide today whether to seek federal assistance in restoring the areas.
With the tornadoes came the rain. The National Weather Service reported just over 2 inches of rain fell between midnight Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. At least another inch was expected overnight.
Flooded streets caused a few cars to stall in Verona Sunday evening. However, no accidents were reported.
A tornado watch and flashflood warning were in effect until 10 p.m. Sunday night. A flashflood watch remained in effect throughout the night.
Today, rain should clear by the afternoon, revealing sunny skies and highs in the 60s.