Pine Belt clear of severe weather threat

Pine Belt clear of severe weather threat
Home in Hattiesburg damaged in Saturday's storms. (Source: Leon Purvis)

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Saturday’s threat for severe weather is over for the Pine Belt. The National Weather Service in Jackson canceled all tornado watches in the area around 11:30 a.m.

Emergency management agencies were on alert for potentially dangerous weather from the storm system that claimed the lives of three people in Louisiana and two people in Texas before moving into Mississippi.

The WDAM Weather Team tracked the storms as they passed through the area Saturday morning. Tornado watches were issued for every county in the Pine Belt, but none of those watches turned into warnings.

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The storms did bring heavy rain, gusty winds and frequent lighting to the Pine Belt, but damage reports have been limited to mostly downed trees and damage to some power lines.

A home on North 34th Avenue in Hattiesburg received significant damage after a large tree broke in half and fell on the roof.

Thousands of people in the area experience power outages while the storms were happening, and many are still without electricity.

Now that the storms have cleared out of the area, the cleanup begins. Crews are out working now to clear downed trees from roadways and repair powerlines. Many homeowners will also be hard at work assessing damage and clearing debris from their property.

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