Severe storm threat looms over area

Published 11:33 am Friday, March 24, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Severe storms are expected to hit Lincoln County and the surrounding area Friday night from 8 p.m. to 1  a.m. Saturday. Winds will pick up to 15 mph this afternoon and there is a 30 percent chance of rain today.

A portion of Northwest and North Lincoln County is at moderate risk of severe storms Friday night while the rest of the county and Lawerence County are under a slight risk.

NWS Jackson forecasts this storm to produce damaging winds reaching 70 to 80 mph. In enhanced risk areas, tornadoes are a risk and some might be strong. There could be golf ball sized hail.

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In slight risk areas, quarter size hail, damaging wind gusts and tornadoes can not be ruled out.

This storm will hit the area at night when most people are sleeping so make sure you have ways to get alerts in case a tornado warning or watch is issued.

“Take the time today to plan a sturdy home or community shelter to stay in if a Watch is issued for your location,” NWS Jackson states. “The threat for severe weather will decrease as storms progress farther south and east tonight, but severe storms with damaging wind gusts, hail, and possible tornadoes may develop even in southeastern parts of our forecast area late tonight.”

A potential severe storm could hit the area Sunday afternoon as well. Hail and damaging winds are the concern for that day as well but no further information including a time window has been released by the NWS.

Check back for more updates as the storm gets closer and hits the area.

Please email to report any storm damage or to submit photos or pictures from tonight’s weather events.