Saturday, August 13, 2022

Severe Weather, Damaging Winds Moving Into Mississippi

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The U.S. National Weather Service, is reporting possible severe storms across Mississippi today and has a put Mississippi under a wind advisory.

According to the weather service, 30 to 50 miles per hour winds, flooding, hail and tornadoes are possible today and throughout the evening. Click here or here to view the weather service radar.

“Now is the time to review you have ways to access weather warnings and info, such as weather radio, WEA (Wireless Emergency Alerts) alerts and more,” the weather service said. “Make sure to turn on your WEA to receive warnings today if you have a smartphone.”

According to the U.S. National Weather Service map, north Mississippi is in a limited to marginal area, which means severe weather possible. Mid Mississippi, including Greenwood, Vicksburg and Columbus, are in the elevated area, which is severe weather expected. However, south Mississippi will see the most impact of severe weather and is in the significant threat, which means significant weather possible, including strong tornadoes.

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“Severe weather is possible across portions of northeast Mississippi, mainly between 6 p.m. Tuesday evening through midnight Wednesday,” the U.S. National Weather Service in Memphis said. “Damaging winds and quarter-sized hail are the main threats with the outside chance of a tornado.”

Strong winds, not associated with thunderstorms, are reportedly heading to Northwest Mississippi along the Mississippi River. Flooding for towns along the river is also possible, due to recent flooding. Rainfall is expected to bring 1 to 2 inches of rain in some areas.

According to Accu Weather, on and off rainfall is expecting in Oxford throughout the afternoon, with storms moving in around 6 p.m.

Take Precautions:

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In case of a tornado take shelter in a steady building on the lowest floor, get in the center of the building, cover your head. If you are in a car never try to outrun a tornado; take shelter under a highway overpass.

In the case of rising waters, “turn around, don’t drown!” It may not sound like much, but even 6 inches of fast moving water can knock down a person. It takes only 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small vehicle.

For more storm warning information and tips, visit nws.noaa.gov.


Emily Newton is a staff writer for hottytoddy.com and the editor of Experience Oxford magazine. She can be reached at emily.newton@hottytoddy.com.

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