Lauderdale County emergency management officials and county school officials listened closely to a National Weather Service conference call Monday, waiting to see how a storm system would likely impact this part of the state.
"These conditions could change at any time," said David Sharp, LEMA director. "Once this thing gets here, it's not going to be something that's going to be here for 15 minutes and it's gone. We may be dealing with this thing for hours."
Weather officials say conditions could worsen overnight and into the early hours Tuesday, with tornadoes, heavy rain and winds up to 100 miles per hour.
"I don't have to tell you what that will do to trailers that are not tied down," said Sharp. "The biggest factor that I'm concerned about is, you know, after Ivan and Katrina that are still a lot of trees that are leaning, that are in bad condition. It's going to be real easy for the wind to take those down."
Lauderdale County school superintendent Randy Hodges said his main concern prior to the storm was the possible aftermath Tuesday morning.
"We will check to see if there is any damage at the school, in regards to the facility, power or whatever the case may be, and then we will also have a concern with our bus route," Hodges said.
Hodges said it looks like county schools will resume Tuesday morning at the normal time.
Sharp encouraged residents to report storm damage to LEMA at 601-482-9853.