A Tornado Watch is in effect for all of East Mississippi and West Alabama until 4 PM.
The Tornado Watch includes Lauderdale, Neshoba, Newton, Kemper, Clarke, Jasper, Jones, Wayne, Winston, and Noxubee counties in East Mississippi and Sumter, Choctaw, Marengo, Greene, Hale, and Pickens counties in West Alabama.
A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes. Destructive winds in excess of 75 mph are also possible. People in the watch should monitor weather conditions and be ready to seek safety if dangerous weather threatens.
A storm system with a long history of damage extending back to Texas and Oklahoma is moving through Mississippi and moving in our direction. This line of severe thunderstorms will bring potential for winds over 75 mph, which can cause damage like tornadoes. Treat Severe Thunderstorm Warnings as you would Tornado Warnings.
- 9 AM to 1 PM: Philadelphia, Choctaw, Pearl River Resort, Louisville, Union, Newton, Decatur, East Central Community College, Lawrence, Conehatta, Lake, Sebastopol, Forest, Raleigh, and Carthage.
- 10 AM to 2 PM: Meridian, Meridian Community College, Naval Air Station Meridian, MSU-Meridian, Marion, Collinsville, Vimville, Causeyville, Zero, Clarkdale, DeKalb, Scooba, East Mississippi Community College, Electric Mills, Preston, Klondike, Tucker, House, Little Rock, Chunky, Hickory, Quitman, Stonewall, Enterprise, Snell, Pachuta, Shubuta, Waynesboro, Laurel, Ellisville. Cuba, Geiger, Emelle, Starkville, and Mississippi State University.
- 11 AM to 3 PM: Livingston, University of West Alabama, York, Demopolis, Butler, Lisman, Gilbertown, Silas, Toxey, Linden, Sweet Water, Dixons Mill, and Coffeeville.
Remember.... take time NOW to remind yourself of what to do and where to go if dangerous weather threatens. Make sure everyone in your home knows. If you live in a mobile home, make a plan for a safer alternative. DO NOT RELY ON SOCIAL MEDIA OR TORNADO SIRENS FOR WARNINGS. Social media sites use algorithms that will often not allow you to see posts for weeks or even a year. Sirens don't always work, and when they do they aren't designed to be heard indoors. Good sources for warning information are local television and radio, NOAA Weather Radio, the emergency alert feature on your cell phone, and local media or National Weather Service websites.