The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch effective until 3 AM for part of the Newscenter 11 viewing area.
In Mississippi, the watch includes Lauderdale, Clarke, Jasper, Kemper, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Scott, Smith, and Winston counties.
None of Alabama is included in this watch at the present time.
A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes. Tornadoes can form with little or no advance warning. Anyone within the watch area should be prepared to seek shelter quickly if severe weather threatens.
A tornado shelter or tornado room is the safest place to be in a tornado. If you do not have a tornado safe room, you should seek shelter on the lowest floor of a sturdy house and put as many walls between you and outside as possible. Mobile homes are not safe in tornadoes. Anyone living in a mobile home should be prepared to find more substantial shelter.
Tornadoes at night are especially dangerous since they are more difficult to see. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, you should seek safety immediately. Never go outside to try to see an approaching tornado.
Stay with Newscenter 11 Weather on the air and online for the latest on weather conditions. Also remember to turn on your NOAA Weather Radio before going to bed.