Pearl River Co. unscathed by storms
Published 7:00 am Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Despite some strong winds and heavy rain early Monday morning, Pearl River County was spared the worst of the bad weather that passed through the region.
“I did not get any reports of damage,” said David Moore, the county’s emergency management communications officer. “That doesn’t mean they didn’t have any. But I was in (Monday) morning at four, and I didn’t have any calls of damage.”
Early Monday, there was a tornado watch for the area, but that expired by 8:08 a.m., Moore said.
The rain and wind finally died down by about noon, and within hours families had begun to take advantage of the cooler temperatures.
However, homes along the Pearl River are not out of danger, despite the sunny skies.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning to the areas near the Pearl River. That warning is expected to expire next week.
Flood stage along the Pearl occurs when the river is at 14 feet and, as of 11 a.m. Monday, the river was at 14.6 feet.
According to the warning, “the river will continue rising to near 15.5 feet by Sunday morning then begin falling.”
Across the region, residents were not as lucky as those in Pearl River County. The Associated Press reported Monday afternoon storm waters killed two people in Georgia. The story also reported there were downed trees and a roof was blown off a home near Hattiesburg.
This is the second severe storm to have rolled through the area in as many weeks, although Pearl River County missed any major damage from last week’s storm, too Although more rain is in the forecast for Wednesday, Moore said he doesn’t see any severe storms in the near future.