STORMS CAUSE MINOR DAMAGE
By Eileen Bailey
PLANTERSVILLE - Strong afternoon showers pushed through Tupelo and Northeast Mississippi Monday afternoon causing minor damage.
In Plantersville, strong winds, some recorded with the National Weather Service at 30 to 40 miles per hour, pushed a tall oak tree onto a Geo Trakker on Gunther Road.
Sherry Fay, who owns the vehicle with only 6,000 miles on it, said she heard the storm and could see the trees swaying in the wind. Shortly before 1:30 p.m. she heard the tree fall over and crush her sport utility vehicle.
"At first I thought it had hit the trailer," Fay said. Fay, who is in a wheelchair, said she made her way to the door of her home to see what had happened. A neighbor next door called out to her that a tree had landed on her vehicle.
Plantersville Police Chief Ray Brandow said the fallen tree on Gunther Road was the only report of damage he had received in the aftermath of the thunderstorm that rocked much of Lee County with heavy thunder and lightning. No other damage was reported to the Lee County Sheriff's Department or E-911.
A spokesman with the National Weather Service in Jackson said during a 24-hour period that began at 7 a.m. Sunday, 1.56 inches of rain was recorded in Tupelo. He said from noon until 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tupelo received .3 inches of rain.
The series of storms that began Sunday night were being pushed into the area by a weak front coming down from Missouri, the spokesman said. More rain was predicted for Monday night.
There is a 30 percent chance for thunderstorms from the same front predicted for today. Skies will clear for Wednesday and Thursday.
The highs for today and Wednesday are expected to be between 85 and 90 degrees and the lows are expected to be in the upper 60s and lower 70s.