Be Prepared for Severe Weather

Severe weather is possible for east Mississippi and west Alabama Friday night and Saturday morning.

Spring brings about our most active tornado and severe weather season. While the official start to spring is still almost three weeks away, meteorological spring began Thursday.

"It's very, very warm for this time of year, and heat means energy," said John Baxter, warning coordination officer for the National Weather Service. "Warmth means energy. And when you've got energy, it gets released into the atmosphere in the form of severe weather."

Our first major spring severe weather event could happen Friday as a cold front moves through the region.

While this may end up being a low end severe event for us, it is important to prepare for this and any other severe weather event we may have during the spring.

"We always say the same things. Staples, things that are in cans that won't spoil. So water, a two or three days supply, because if we have an event like last April 27," said Baxter. "It may be two or three days before the rescuers can get there. And the one thing that people baffle themselves over and why do we say this? You need a whistle. Just a little old plastic whistle with a little pea in the middle like the referees in football and basketball use."

The whistle is so you can save your voice; if you are trapped, rescue crews could still find you. By preparing now, it can keep you from worrying during a severe weather outbreak.

"You can never be over-prepared. You can have more things than you may require, but you will never be over-prepared," Baxter said. "I am a firm believer in the Alfred E. Neuman theory of life, 'what, me worry?' If you can't affect the outcome of an event, then there's no reason to worry about it. Be prepared for it, anticipate it, watch after things, and do things that you can to help yourself. But worry, getting all sick over it, there's nothing you can do about it; it's going to happen whether you worry or not."

As always, stay with us for the latest severe weather information.

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