SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - A lovely Valentine's Day is expected for much of South Mississippi. But, nasty storms will probably be moving in just as many locals are wrapping up their dinner date tonight and are heading home or to bed.
Tornado watches and warnings woke up many in southeast Texas early Tuesday. The storm system responsible for their bad morning weather will be rolling eastward across the Gulf Coast region on Tuesday into Wednesday.
"Storms are expected to arrive in South Mississippi around 8, 9, or 10 P.M. Tuesday night," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "New thunderstorms may develop directly overhead during the overnight hours as the system passes through. Thunderstorm activity may not exit the South Mississippi region until after 2, 3, or 4 A.M. Wednesday morning."
Storm threats for South Mississippi on Tuesday night include heavy rainfall, frequent lightning, and even the severe threats of gusty wind, large hail, and isolated tornadoes.
"As of Tuesday morning, the severe risk for the WLOX area was at a one or two, on a scale of one to five," Williams said. "So, our threat is at the lower end of the scale. That means that many will see rain, some will see lightning, but only few of us if any at all may see severe weather."
Keep in mind that this is a developing storm situation. The forecast can change over the next several hours if storms appear to be intensifying or weakening.
"It is so important to always check the latest forecast," said Williams. "Don't just check the forecast once and then be done. Keep checking back for the latest updates in case there are any changes to the situation."
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