Severe weather moves through SE LA & S MS

The storms knocked down tree limbs in Zachary. (Source: 9 Reports)
The storms knocked down tree limbs in Zachary. (Source: 9 Reports)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Severe weather associated with a potent system moved through southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi on Christmas Day, leaving extensive damage in some parts.

WWL-TV reported the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado was spotted on the ground in Pearl River County, MS near I-59 and Poplarville and McNeill.

There were reports of damage in the northern part of the viewing area. The National Weather Service is expected to investigate possible tornadoes in Zachary and Centreville. A viewer in the Zachary area reported hail on Zachary Deerford Road just before 3:15 p.m.

The winds from the storms knocked down tree limbs and electrical poles in many areas. A viewer from Pointe Coupee Parish sent in video of a line of downed power lines there.

People in Baker are still patching up from a tornado and storms recently. A tornado touched down in the area just two weeks ago, causing substantial damage for some. There were no reported tornadoes for this line of storms, but authorities are not letting their guard down.

"All our men are on standby, ready to respond to this kind of weather," said Fire Chief Mark Adams. "We carry equipment on our trucks if we have downed trees on houses and chainsaws and things, so we can get to occupants inside of homes and just be aware of lightning strikes and things of that nature."

As far as lightning strikes go, a family in St. Helena Parish sent in video of a hole in the ground and damage to a tree that resulted from a bolt making it to the ground.

Once the storms passed out of the area, they left behind cold and windy conditions.

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