Tornadoes possible in forecasted severe storms

Published 12:18 pm Thursday, May 11, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Lincoln County’s sever weather threat has been upgraded from marginal to slight risk. The National Weather Service in Jackson anticipates the severe storms to arrive in Lincoln County between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Counties west of Lincoln County are under a tornado watch.

Severe storms pose a slight risk to the area with isolated storms capable of producing damaging wind gusts and quarter size hail. The majority of Lincoln County has anywhere from a 75 percent chance to a 100 percent chance of precipitation today.

NWS Jackson warns wind gusts could reach up to 60 mph and tornadoes are possible in the latest update. Brookhaven is not under a tornado watch but Franklin, Claiborne, Jefferson and Adams Counties are under a tornado watch until 5 p.m.

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Wind gusts and hail are not the only concern for the area. Flooding is likely for the region according to the National Weather Service. An enhanced threat of flooding is anticipated in Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Claiborne and Warren Counties and the adjacent parishes in Louisiana.

NWS predicts 2-4 inches of rainfall in a short amount of time with heavier local amounts possible. Roads could be closed and structures could become inundated especially in low lying areas.

A limited threat of flooding is forecast for Lincoln, Copiah and Lawerence Counties. One to three inches of rain could fall in a short amount of time in the limited threat area but localized heavier amounts of rain is always possible. Low lying areas in cow pastures, streets and urban areas could be susceptible to flash flooding.

Rain is not expected to go away. There is at least a 20 percent chance of rain if not greater every day from now until next Thursday.

Stay weather aware and alert throughout today. Check back for updates before, during and after storms arrive.

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