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Power still out in some areas from overnight thunderstorms

South Mississippi was rocked with thunderstorms Thursday night when a low-pressure system brought severe weather through the area.

The storm system moved through the Coast just before midnight.

Heavy rains, high winds and lightning were reported in all three coastal counties.

Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said although the Coast isn't in the clear weather-wise, the threat of more storms is low.

"Scattered to numerous thunderstorms over the coastal waters this morning may impact some coastal areas with frequent lightning, gusty winds and brief torrential rainfall," he said. "Daytime heating may cause a few stronger storms with frequent lightning, gusty winds and brief heavy rainfall to develop over inland areas by late this morning into the afternoon, otherwise drier air will end the threat of rain and storms this evening."

Hancock County Emergency Management Director Brian Adam said there was some mild damage reported in parts of the county.

"We had some trees down and several power lines were knocked down, but we haven't had any reports of damage to homes," Adam said.

He said power lines were down in several parts of the county including Bay St. Louis and Pearlington.

"We're working with Coast Electric to see how many people we still have that do not have power."

Harrison County also reported some power outages. Although about 3,000 Mississippi Power customers were without electricity about 2 a.m., service has been restored to all but a handful of customers.

"We were spared last night," Lacy said. "We had a few trees down and some power lines down but that's about it -- we had winds reported at around 45 miles per hour at one point during the storm."

In Ocean Springs, Jackson County Emergency Management Director Earl Etheridge said several homes were still without power.

"We had several areas without power and a lot of trees down, especially around Vancleave and the central Hurley area -- many of these trees are across the roads."

According to the National Weather Service in New Orleans, there is a 70 percent chance until Friday night.

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