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What to expect for possible severe storms early Friday

Severe storms will threaten parts of the Gulf Coast region Thursday into Friday Severe storms will threaten parts of the Gulf Coast region Thursday into Friday
A low pressure system over Texas will move eastward on Friday, bringing the threat of severe weather to parts of the central Gulf Coast. A low pressure system over Texas will move eastward on Friday, bringing the threat of severe weather to parts of the central Gulf Coast.
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

A low pressure system over Texas will move eastward on Friday, bringing the threat of severe weather to parts of the central Gulf Coast.

Widespread heavy rain and numerous thunderstorms are expected to reach South Mississippi by early Friday morning. Some storms will be strong to severe, producing threats for damaging straight-line winds, torrential downpours and frequent lightning.

"While a few South Mississippians could see strong gusts down power lines, the grand majority of us will likely be most affected by the heavy rain threat," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams.

One to three inches of rainfall are expected across the entire WLOX area by Friday afternoon.

"If this heavy rain occurs over a short period of time, some localized street flooding could occur in low-lying and poor drainage areas," a statement from the National Weather Service mentioned.

As with most storm events, timing is key. The latest forecast model information brings the earliest storms around 2 a.m. Friday. Storms are expected to taper off by Friday afternoon.

"Friday morning, commuters may find their routes impacted by ponding on roadways," said Williams. "They should pay close attention to the latest updates on storm timing in case there are any last-minute changes, which we know typically happen."

Stay tuned to WLOX News Now and WLOX.com for further updates on this developing storm system. Be sure to download our Weather App if you already haven't. It will alert you when severe weather approaches your location. 

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