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- Previous Articles:
- Flooding and severe weather possible Wednesday afternoon and evening
- Nearly 200 people rescued with the help of NOAA weather satellites in 2009
- Warm weather expected through the week; above average temperatures with storms possible
- Above average Mississippi tornadoes in 2009; top ten most active states in the country
- 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita loans to be forgiven
- State of Emergency expanded to cover 10 Mississippi counties; lingering arctic cold effects
- Consecutive below freezing temps; 2nd all-time on record in Jackson
- More typical El Nino pattern returns; warmer and wetter conditions ahead
- Mississippi capital city remains under a State of Emergency; arctic cold burst over 140 waterlines
- Mississippians among the survivers and missing of the Haiti Earthquake Disaster
- Haiti Earthquake Disaster; how much more can this island nation take?
- Arctic cold temps freeze and or burst over 105 Jackson waterlines; State of Emergency declared
- First 10 days of 2010 were the coldest first 10 days of any year on record in Jackson
- Longest period at or below 45 degrees in over 30 years in Jackson
- Deadly Cold Wave across the United States; at least 22 dead from exposure in 11 states
- Arctic cold becomes deadly in Mississippi; at least 2 confirmed dead from exposure
- Ice build-up on roadway leads to a deadly school bus vs car collision in Northern Mississippi
- Arctic cold air invasion with snow and or ice spans worldwide
- Frigid weekend; temperatures near or below freezing through early Sunday
- Minor to moderate accumulations of snow, sleet and ice over Northern Mississippi
- Winter Storm Warning & Winter Weather Advisories; dangerous travel on Thursday
- Frigid morning statewide; even colder temperatures expected in the coming days
- Very cold weather with flurries and or light snow; Hard Freeze Warnings
Strong to severe thunderstorms with heavy rainfall are likely through early Thursday morning across the state.
The first tornado watch of 2010 and of the new decade was issued for portions of Southern and Central Mississippi until 10 pm CST Wednesday but was extended until 5 am CST Thursday. This tornado watch includes the cities of Jackson, Vicksburg, Meridian, Natchez and McComb.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue to develop with some storms capable of producing large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.
There have been several reports of tornadoes in Louisiana with hail reported in Hinds, Madison and Covington Counties Wednesday afternoon.
High winds of 60 to 70 mph were reported 4 miles east northeast of Pocahontas in Madison County along with power outages Wednesday evening.
A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through late tonight for Central and Northern Mississippi for the potential of 2 to 5 inches of rainfall.
Flash Flooding was reported in Neshoba County, Wednesday evening with high water over Highway 482 north of Highway 16. Flooding was also reported in Flora with high water over Deer Ridge Road.
Everyone should continue to monitor this rapidly changing weather situation with heavy rain and severe storms likely.
National Weather Service Statement:
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ALONG WITH HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLASH FLOODING ARE EXPECTED THROUGH MUCH OF TONIGHT AS A POTENT STORM SYSTEM MOVES ACROSS THE AREA.
THE PRIMARY SEVERE WEATHER RISK WILL BE FROM LARGE HAIL UP TO THE SIZE OF GOLFBALLS.
THERE IS A LESSER RISK OF DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND A COUPLE OF TORNADOES BUT IT CANNOT BE COMPLETELY RULED OUT. RAINFALL WILL AVERAGE BETWEEN TWO AND THREE INCHES WITH LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL OF THREE TO FIVE INCHES POSSIBLE.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT TONIGHT GIVEN THIS FLOODING THREAT.
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