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Strong to severe storms expected to roll through South MS Saturday morning

All of South Mississippi is at a threat level 3 on a scale of 1 to 5 for Saturday severe weather. All of South Mississippi is at a threat level 3 on a scale of 1 to 5 for Saturday severe weather.
Saturday's main severe weather threat will be damaging straight-line winds. Other severe threats include large hail and isolated tornadoes. Saturday's main severe weather threat will be damaging straight-line winds. Other severe threats include large hail and isolated tornadoes.
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Strong storms could affect much of South Mississippi before or around sunrise Saturday.

An upper disturbance developing over the Southern Plains is expected to move eastward across the Gulf Coast region on Saturday.

"Pouring rain and booming thunder will wake up lots of local light sleepers early Saturday," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams.

Along with the heavy downpours, the threat of lightning, and the severe threats of damaging straight-line winds, large hail, and isolated tornadoes will also be possible on Saturday morning.

Saturday's morning's main severe weather threat for all of South Mississippi will be severe thunderstorms producing damaging straight-line wind gusts of around 60 miles per hour or higher.

"Our severe weather risk is about a 'three' on a scale of one to five. This would be higher than Thursday's 'one,'" Williams pointed out. "Keep in mind, this means that most will see rain, some will see lightning, and some locations are expected to see severe weather."

About one to two inches of rainfall are expected over the course of Saturday.

Storms could possibly re-fire later Saturday evening and Saturday night across parts of the Gulf Coast region.

"It really depends on how well the atmosphere is able to recover," explained Williams. "After our morning storms, the atmosphere will be depleted of a lot of its energy. If the atmosphere can manage to re-energize over the course of Saturday afternoon, then it's possible we could see more possibly strong thunderstorms Saturday evening and night."

"But the latest models are hinting that that may not be the case and that we'll just see rain showers late Saturday with a few rumbles of thunder lingering into Sunday," Williams continued.

With storms possibly arriving during the early morning hours on Saturday, it's important to have several ways to receive important weather alerts.

NOAA Weather Radios have great alarms to wake you up in the night in case a severe storm strikes. The free WLOX Weather App is also a handy tool which will deliver the latest alerts right to your device in the case of severe weather.

Don't have the app? Click here to find out how to get it.

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