Severe weather risk moves out of South Mississippi, minor wind damage reported

Tornado Watch allowed to expire

Severe weather risk moves out of South Mississippi, minor wind damage reported

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The Tornado Watch for South Mississippi has been allowed to expire. Cooler conditions will move into the area by Friday morning with lows in the upper 50s. Highs will climb into the upper 60s to low 70s with north winds 10-20 mph. A few showers will be possible with passing clouds.

As storms swept through South Mississippi on Thursday, April 18, 2019 there were a few reports of minor tree damage across the area. However, the majority of storm reports and storm damage occurred just to the north across the Pine Belt, north into central and northern Mississippi.

We've had several reports of downed trees across South Mississippi due to strong winds. This photo was sent via the WLOX...

Posted by Meteorologist Eric Jeansonne on Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Following information is now expired and no longer in effect

A Tornado Watch has been issued for all of South Mississippi until 9 PM. This includes Pearl River, Stone, George, Jackson, Harrison and Hancock counties. The WLOX First Alert Weather team is tracking a strong storm system that will affect coastal Mississippi on Thursday and Thursday night

Severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado warnings will be possible, which is why it is important to have multiple ways to receive weather alerts. Do not rely only on social media for warnings. An app, such as the WLOX Weather App that alerts you when those are issued is a great idea. A NOAA weather radio is also a good back-up to have.

Should tornado warnings be issued for South Mississippi, you can watch live streaming covering by clicking this link: http://www.wlox.com/live/

TIMING for South MS:

  • While all day heavy rain is not expected, South Mississippi’s entire timing window for possible thunderstorms will be from this afternoon through 10 pm
  • A few individual thunderstorms will be possible beginning around 1 PM ahead of the main line of storms expected in the late evening. If these individual thunderstorms can form, these would have the best chance of producing tornadoes.
  • A line of potentially severe thunderstorms will be possible between 4 PM to 10 PM Thursday.
  • This is not exact and may change if the system speeds up or slows down.

THREATS for South MS:

  • Damaging straight-line thunderstorm wind gusts of 60 mph or greater
  • Tornadoes, some strong (EF2+ possible)
  • Large hail of one inch diameter or greater
  • And torrential rainfall of one to three inches with isolated higher amounts possible.

A Wind Advisory will remain in place through tonight across all of South Mississippi. Sustained southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph will be possible all day long. Gusts up to 45 mph will be possible all day long. These strong winds will be possible at any time during Thursday and Thursday night regardless of if there are storms or not.

WHAT TO DO?

  • Know where your safe place is in the event that you have to take shelter. One of the safest places to be during a severe thunderstorm warning or a tornado warning is an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.
  • Never drive around barricades into floodwaters. More than 50% of all flood fatalities are vehicle-related, according to the National Weather Service. It only takes 12 inches of fast-moving water to carry off a small car and 18 inches of water to sweep a larger vehicle away. Turn Around Don’t Drown!
  • Have multiple ways of receiving weather alerts. NOAA Weather Radio and weather apps are two good ways.
  • Download the WLOX Weather App so you can get real-time information like alerts and the latest forecast updates from our WLOX Weather Team and the National Weather Service.
4-18-19 Alert Day thunderstorms today and tonight

I'm passing along some info about "strong" tornadoes that will be possible today in our region. Plus, the latest timing, impacts, and tornado safety tips.

Posted by Meteorologist Wesley Williams on Thursday, April 18, 2019

The cold front responsible for this bad weather will finally pass by Friday, allowing for cooler, clearer, and drier conditions heading into the upcoming weekend. Easter Sunday still looks pleasantly dry and seasonable.

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