Lightning playing havoc in Tupelo, citizens urged to be cautious

Lightning has been playing havoc with Tupelo recently, and citizens are urged to be cautious.

Posted: Jul 13, 2018 9:11 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Lightning has been playing havoc with Tupelo recently, and citizens are urged to be cautious. 

Tupelo Water & Light Director Johnny Timmons says this past Friday, the city experienced strong winds that took out trees. 

However, he says the city was lucky no electric circuits were lost, but the city suffered dozens of outages. 

"As the old saying goes, mother nature has not been good to us," he said. "This month we had some violent thunderstorms and some violent straight-line winds." 

Timmons says five lightning arresters were lost during recent storms. 

"What that lightning arrester does is when that lightning hits that power line and runs through the power line, it has the tendencies to want to go into your home. These lightning arresters trap that lightning before it goes into your house," Timmons said. 

He says when severe weather approaches, it is always safe to unplug any electronics you don't want to lose. 

"If that lightning arrester had not protected those homes, that transit voltage would have gotten into that home and took out their TVs, took out their computer, any kind of electronics of any kind of sort." 

Timmons says when dealing with a power outages, it is always appreciated when customers have patience. 

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