The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the central Hinds County, northeast Rankin County, south-central Madison County until 5:45 p.m. tonight.
The NWS reported at 4:45 p.m. that "a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Ridgeland, moving east at 30 mph."
The National Weather Service released the following information along with the warning:
SOURCE...Radar indicated rotation.
IMPACT...Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.
- This dangerous storm will be near... Ridgeland around 445 PM CST. Madison around 450 PM CST. Fannin around 505 PM CST. Goshen Springs around 510 PM CST.
TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.
This cluster of thunderstorms is capable of producing tornadoes and widespread significant wind damage. Do not wait to see or hear the tornado. For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building."