By Stacy Graning
“I didn’t even know it had fallen until I went out on my porch that morning and saw it in the garden,” said the Storm Avenue resident. “I’ve never heard it before.”
Fortunately, she said, the big branch missed her home by several meters. “But I’m worried about the tree by the road,” she added. “If it falls, it blocks the street.”
Just one block down on Minnesota Street, a large tree fell and blocked the street. The tree was toppled by the winds and rains from the remains of Hurricane Ida, which passed through Brookhaven and Lincoln Counties in the early hours of Monday.
The storm landed on the Louisiana coast around noon on Sunday as hurricane Category four, laying a trail of destruction through southern Louisiana that left at least one person dead and the power grid in ruins. One of the strongest hurricanes to hit the US mainland, Ida was weakened to a tropical storm overnight as it penetrated Brookhaven and Lincoln Counties.
“We dodged a bullet,” Jackson said. “I expected it to be a lot worse than it was, but these are definitely answered prayers.”
Like most Lincoln County residents, Jackson had prepared for the storm’s arrival as the predictions were for tropical storm winds predicted the region. EMA director Chris Reid said early Monday that trees and power lines were down across the county. As of 10:45 a.m., Entergy reported 3,739 outages in Lincoln County. Nearly 35% of Southwest Electric’s customers in the county, roughly 1,330, were without power.
Despite a loss of power and a near-miss of a fallen limb, Jackson, who described herself as extremely independent, kept her sense of it on Monday Humor at.
“You know, my husband and I have been married for 40 years and in all 40 years of marriage he has been gone to every natural disaster,” she said, ticking off the 1983 Jackson flood to Hurricane Katrina list 16 years ago.
“He’s semi-retired and hasn’t really traveled in two years,” she added. “He went to Mexico on Friday to do a counseling job …”
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