By Talbert Toole
As heavy rains continue in the LOU area, citizens should be aware that the main threat from the severe thunderstorms is hail, according to the National Weather Service in Memphis.
Lafayette, along with other North Mississippi counties like Panola, Pontotoc and Yalobusha, has been included in the NWS’s report for possible thunderstorms and threats of hail for Thursday.
The NWS also issued a flood warning for parts of the Mississippi River. The warning is issued until Saturday, April 13.
As of 10 a.m. Thursday, the stage of the river was 28.5 feet. The maximum forecast stage is predicted to be at 30 feet on Monday, April 8.
Flood stage is the level at which a body of water’s surface has risen to a sufficient level to cause inundation of areas that are not normally covered by water, causing an inconvenience or a threat to life and/or property, according to NWS.
The NWS advises drivers not to drive through flooded areas and “turn around, don’t drown.”
For more information on weather conditions for the LOU community and surrounding areas, visit the National Weather Service website.