Heavy rain and thunderstorms this afternoon & evening

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 3 PM Thursday

Heavy rain and thunderstorms this afternoon & evening

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - A Tornado Watch is in effect until 3 PM Thursday for all of the WLOX area of South Mississippi including Jackson, George, Harrison, Stone, Hancock, and Pearl River Counties.

Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected on Thursday. Some of the thunderstorms may become severe, causing warnings and possibly damage.

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Posted by Meteorologist Wesley Williams on Thursday, April 25, 2019

TIMING for South Mississippi:

  • Timing for thunderstorms will be Thursday mainly between now and 8 PM
  • Timing for possible severe damaging thunderstorms will mainly be between now and 6 PM

IMPACTS for South Mississippi:

  • Main thunderstorm impacts will be torrential rainfall and frequent lightning. These could lead to moderate travel delays and occasional disruptions to activities and events.
  • Main severe damaging thunderstorm impacts will be straight-line wind gusts and flooding rainfall up to three inches with isolated higher totals. These could cause warnings to be issued.
  • If any damage occurs, the main causes would be strong straight-line thunderstorm wind gusts and a few brief tornadoes.
  • Rainfall totals between one and three inches may be possible, with the potential for locally higher amounts which may lead to flash flooding concerns.

Coastal Mississippi’s risk level for severe damaging weather is low: a level two out of five. This is a low-end risk level. The higher the risk level, the more likely it is for damaging thunderstorms to occur.

This means that most of us in coastal Mississippi will see rain today. And some of us will see lightning today. But, few of us, if any at all, in coastal Mississippi will actually get storm damage today.

Thunderstorm activity will move out of our area and into Alabama before midnight tonight.

Friday looks dry and warm. And dry conditions continue right into the weekend with plenty of sunshine on Saturday and Sunday.

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