[Verbatim from MEMA] The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency warns residents to get ready for the threat of a significant severe weather outbreak tonight that may enter the western counties of the state by late afternoon and pass through east Mississippi by sunrise.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Jackson said rain and thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes and golf-ball sized hail are possible with this storm system. Flooding will also be possible due to the already swollen rivers, creeks and streams. The weather service expects the skies to clear by Saturday morning.
"We understand that people are weary after three nights of severe weather, but we are asking all of our citizens to take precautions because tonight's storm may be the worst," said MEMA Director Mike Womack. "As you go home today pick up extra batteries for your NOAA Weather Radio and monitor weather reports very closely."
In the event the weather service issues a tornado warning here are some tips to help keep you safe:
• Go to a basement or the lowest level of the building where you are.
• Seek shelter in an interior room or closet.
• If you live in a mobile home or manufactured housing seek shelter in a sturdy site-build structure.
• When traveling in a vehicle do not attempt to outrun the storm. Abandon the vehicle and take shelter in a low lying area or ditch.
The State Emergency Operations Center in Pearl will be monitoring the weather situation and assisting counties if requested.
For more information, contact MEMA External Affairs at 866-920-MEMA (6362), or visit us online at http://www.msema.org.