Storm claims young man's life

By CATHERINE KIRK CKIRK@DDTONLINE.COM,

Washington County resident and Washington School graduate Jackson Saulter, 19,  died after a tree fell on his home as a result of severe storm winds that pushed through the region late Wednesday night.

Washington County Sheriff Department Assistant Chief Deputy Percy Miles said they received the call at approximately 11 p.m.

“We did have a tree fall onto a home on County Line Road and one person did die,” Miles said.

Washington County Coroner Methel Johnson confirmed Saulter was pronounced dead at 1:02 a.m. Thursday.

Entergy’s customer service manager Gerald Husband said at about midnight, there were more than 8,500 reported power outages between Rolling Fork and Rosedale, including 1,800 in Washington and Sharkey County and 3,500 in Bolivar County.

“We are assessing the damage now,” Husband said, noting he anticipates 75% of the outages will be repaired by 10 p.m. Thursday and all power should be restored by 10 p.m. Friday.

“As damage assessments come in, we will be able to better approximate the restoration times,” he said.

National Weather Service Senior Forecaster Mike Edmonston said Wednesday night’s storms brought winds as fast as 62 miles per hour.

“We had a warm moist air mass in place and a short wave trough was going through the area. There was a development over Texas and Oklahoma late yesterday afternoon and evening and it developed into a complex of storms and raced eastward during the night, bringing straight line wind damage with large hail and trees being blown down across the area,” he said, noting there may be a few rain showers this afternoon but there will be no additional severe weather the rest of the week.