Expect strong winds throughout this afternoon, one of several weather threats

Published 12:06 pm Wednesday, April 5, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Severe storms are moving in and strong winds persist in Lincoln County. NWS Jackson forecasts sustained wind speeds of 20 to 25 mph are possible today which could pose a risk in your afternoon commute and cause limbs or trees to fall.

Wind guts could hit 30 to 35 mph at times. Yesterday, sustained wind speeds hit up to 23 mph with 30 mph wind gusts having an effect on Enterprise’s playoff tennis match. It appears Bogue Chitto might face the same challenge this afternoon.

Severe storms are still possible this afternoon into the evening as storms roll eastward. Lincoln County and the surrounding area should expect isolated severe storms producing damaging winds up to 60 mph and hail as large as quarters. Tornadoes can not be ruled out.

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Mississippi has seen 30 tornadoes touch down this year and April is just getting started. Lincoln County had an EF1 touch down in Little Bahalia this February but fortunately no one was injured or killed. NWS Jackson reminds people to stay weather aware, have multiple ways to get information on severe weather and have an emergency plan in the event of severe storms. Tornadoes have killed 22 people in Mississippi and injured 22 or more this year.

Heavy rain is forecast to accompany severe storms tonight throughout the rest of the week. Heavy rainfall up to two inches or more will be possible in a short amount of time from Wednesday evening to Friday. Localized flash flooding will be possible and minor river flooding will be possible too. If you encounter a flooded roadway remember to turn around and not drown.

Check back for more updates before, during and after storms hit our area. We will report on any weather threats, damage, road closures and how you can help in the aftermath of storms.

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