Windy storm brings rain to parts of Mississippi
NEW ORLEANS - Roaring winds have been followed by an inch or more of rain across much of Mississippi Monday but not enough to break a months-long drought.
National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Carpenter says areas of northeast Louisiana and Mississippi's Delta region got more than an inch, and parts of central and northeast Mississippi were also likely to reach that total. As of last week, more than 70 percent of the state was classified as being in extreme drought.
Trees were reported downed in nearly 20 counties across the state, with gusts of more than 50 mph in multiple locations.
Power outages peaked at more than 23,000 statewide. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn says powerlines downed by winds sparked grass fires in four central Mississippi counties.
Though at least one tornado warning was posted, for Noxubee County, Carpenter says no tornadoes were confirmed by early Monday evening.