Last year, 109 tornadoes were confirmed in Mississippi. That is the most in a single year for the state since record keeping began in the late 1800s.
Our severe weather season has started. A peak in activity is normal in November with elevated activity continuing through April.
This year's severe weather season could be worse.
"It's our friend El Nino again," said David Sharp, Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency director.
"Everybody's been kind of geared up for hurricane season," said Sharp. "It's been kind of a slow and almost dead process. That's been a good thing. But on the flip side of that, the Weather Service is telling us that we could be set up for a more active tornado season."
To prepare, LEMA is holding a storm spotter class Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m.
"Anybody who would like to come, just call our office at 601-482-9852 and let us know that you're wanting to come," Sharp said.
"It's open to the public, no charge," said John Baxter of NWS. "All you have to do is bring an interest. I will be teaching the course."
Another important tool is a NOAA Weather Radio. You may still get them in Meridian and Philadelphia at Walgreens stores. Staff will even help you program them for your area so they don't go off for a storm that will not impact you.