SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Over the past several days the WLOX First Alert Weather Team has been keeping you updated on the threat for severe weather this afternoon.
Strong to severe storms are expected Tuesday as a moderate risk for severe weather stretches from Louisiana, across South Mississippi, and into Alabama. A moderate risk on a scale of one to five, with one being the lowest and five being the highest risk for severe weather, would be a 4. So this is a fairly high chance for strong storms.
The timing here in South Mississippi will be between 3pm to 7pm for Pearl River and Hancock counties, 4pm to 8pm for Stone and Harrison counties, and 5pm to 10pm for George and Jackson counties as storms move from west to east.
Our main risks with these storms will be strong to damaging winds with frequent lightning and heavy rain at times, but South Mississippi will also be at a medium risk for large hail and even a few tornadoes. We will also be at risk for localized flooding for spots where flooding is more common.
What you can do now to be prepared is tie down anything you have outside, as any thunderstorm we see move through this afternoon will likely have strong winds with it, whether it is a severe storm or not.
Most importantly though, go over your family's severe weather action plan to make sure everyone under your roof is prepared.
-Check batteries in flashlights.
-Have multiple sources for getting severe weather alerts, including sources that still work if the power goes out. (The WLOX First Alert Weather App is perfect for this!)
The timing on these storms means that it will be having an effect on the evening commute.
"If you will be on the road at any time today, check the weather," said WLOX First Alert meteorologist Andrew Wilson. "Know what the weather is doing outside where you are, along your commute, and where your destination is at. A car is not a safe place to be during severe weather."
All of these storms are forming ahead of a cold front, which will have a few showers behind it, but everything past 10pm looks to be just rain and nothing severe.
Remember that you can stay informed on where the weather is and where it is heading with the WLOX First Alert Weather App, which can even alert you if there is a severe warning or watch for your area, as long as you have the location settings turned on with your phone.
The WLOX First Alert Weather Team will be in all day today keeping you informed on WLOX, WLOX.com, and on the WLOX First Alert Weather app.
Please remember to stay weather aware throughout this afternoon.