City of Meridian issues weather statement

MERIDIAN, Miss (WTOK) - The City of Meridian has issued the following statement in regards to the severe weather arriving tomorrow:

"In anticipation of severe storms predicted for Saturday morning, the City of Meridian is taking precautions to be prepared for severe weather conditions. Based on weather briefings from the National Weather Service, the timeline for the severe weather events to occur will be from 8 a.m. until 12 noon on Saturday, January 11, with strong winds up to possibly 70 MPH predicted. Possible hail up to golf ball size, tornadoes - some could be strong and rainfall amounts between 1 -3 inches which could cause some flash flooding. The National Weather Service has also placed our area under an Elevated Threat for strong winds today through Saturday afternoon. This threat advises that we could see sustained winds of 25 -30 mph with gust around 40 mph. This could cause downed trees and powerlines ahead of the severe line of storms predicted for tomorrow morning.

City officials are monitoring the conditions and preparing all departments for responding to emergency situations. Citizens are encouraged to stay weather alert and have multiple ways to receive warnings due to potential power outages. If extensive damage occurs, we ask citizens to report property damage by calling 911. We will continue to update the community on current weather situations as they occur."