Storm reports Wednesday night into early Thursday morning
- First Tornado Watch of 2010; strong to severe storms with heavy rain likely through early Thursday
- 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 storms swept across portions of Central and Southern Mississippi Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night, producing numerous reports of flooding, hail and even tornadoes.
Widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches were common statewide but some areas across West Central and Southern Mississippi recorded rainfall totals from 3 to 6 inches, of which all fell in a matter of hours or less.
In Warren County, nearly 2.50 inches of rain fell within one hour. This led to extensive flooding across the county.
Flood waters entered the police department building and caused the evacuation of Fire Station No. 5.
Homes also received flood damage along Halls Ferry Road and numerous cars stalled out on flooded streets.
One inch of rain fell in just 30 minutes in Rankin County, which flooded several roads and streets Wednesday night.
Total rainfall amounts of 6 inches was reported across portions of Western Hinds County, where flooding occurred.
Extensive flooding was also reported in Madison, Copiah, Neshoba, Lamar, Leflore, Jefferson Davis and Washington Counties.
Parts of Highway 51 was shut down due to high water Thursday morning in Madison County with a few streets closed in Downtown Jackson due to flooding.
Heavy rainfall caused Lake Hico to overflow its banks Thursday, forcing the closure of part of Northside Drive near Sunset Drive in Jackson.
A dam on a private lake in east Jones County failed Thursday morning, releasing an estimated 13 million gallons of water into an area of wetlands and officials are inspecting another nearby dam that could be damaged by the water.
While the flooding was the main impact from this latest storm system, there were also several reports of hail and damaging winds along with confirmed tornadoes.
Up to 1 inch sized hail covered the ground in the Raymond area of Hinds County Wednesday afternoon with golf ball sized reported in Raymond and Clinton Wednesday night with additional storms. One inch sized hail was also reported in Copiah and Madison Counties with three quarter inch sized hail reported in Covington and Neshoba Counties .
Several residents reported damage to homes and vehicles from the large hail in Western Hinds County Wednesday night.
High winds downed numerous trees and large limbs across portions of Western Hinds and Warren Counties.
One home was also damaged in Woodville in Southwestern Mississippi due to the storms.
And in Copiah County, the first Mississippi tornado of 2010 was confirmed by the National Weather Service.
The tornado was rated an EF-2 with winds of 115 mph and was 500 yards wide. This tornado touched down just before 1 am Thursday morning and remained on the ground for 3.9 miles. Hundreds of trees were blown down across roads with several outbuildings and chicken houses destroyed. A barn was also destroyed. A home and business were damaged. Fortunately there were no reports of injuries.
A second tornado was confirmed just to the northwest of Jackson in the Pocahontas area of Madison County.
Estimated rainfall totals Wednesday and Wednesday night (NWS)
Heavy rain and thunderstorms moving across the state Wednesday night (Accuweather radar loop)
The trend has been since late last week for a storm system to affect the state every 2 days.
The next storm systen is due in by Saturday afternoon and Saturday night with the possibility of more heavy rain and strong storms.