Prepare for severe weather threat

PEARL — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency warns residents to get ready for the threat of severe weather beginning Tuesday night as a strong, slow moving spring storm system moves through the state.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Jackson said that conditions are right for a powerful spring storm with an unusually long duration.   They predict the system could impact the state through Saturday.

“Now is the time for every family to make sure their emergency supply kit is well stocked,” said MEMA Director Mike Womack. “It is also a perfect time to make sure you have a NOAA Weather Radio with fresh batteries if severe weather strikes.”

The NWS predicts heavy rain with possible damaging winds and tornadoes will threaten the Delta late Tuesday.  The severe weather will continue Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday as the system slowly moves south.  Areas north of Interstate 20 could see several inches of rain, large hail and strong tornadoes.  Some areas could see up to 8 inches of rain from this system.

For information on what you should have in an emergency supply kit and what to do if severe weather occurs visit the MEMA website at www.msema.org.

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