Friday afternoon might be a rain check

Published 11:31 am Thursday, April 20, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Lincoln County is forecast to have 80 percent chance of rain Friday and severe storms are expected to hit Friday afternoon. NWS Jackson warns these storms could also produce flash flooding.

Isolated severe storms are possible for the area from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday afternoon. Damaging wind gusts and quarter size hail are the major weather threats. Tornadoes can not be ruled out and could hit the area. Heavy rainfall throughout the day could cause flash flooding too.

Low lying areas and urban settings could see flooding from two to three inches of rain in a short period of time. Flash flooding could also cause small river flooding. If you encounter a flooded roadway remember to turn around and don’t drown.

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While Friday’s storms pose a marginal risk, they can still be dangerous. A similar risk produced two tornadoes in Mississippi on April 3. In 2023, Mississippi has seen 31 tornadoes touch down killing 22 people and injuring 22 or more.

Lincoln County experienced a tornado in February when an EF1 destroyed a mobile home and damaged another home and carport. Fortunately, no one was injured in the Little Bahalia community. Storms could start in Lincoln County as early as 7 a.m. before the expected severe weather.

NWS Jackson advises the public to review their safety plan ahead of any severe weather. You should know which county or city you are in and familiarize yourself with the names of surrounding areas. Have multiple ways to receive warnings and know where you are going to take shelter if needed.

Check back for more updates before, during and after severe weather hits our area. Send any photos or videos of damage, hail, tornadoes, strong winds or other weather oddities to Stay safe and stay weather aware.