Severe storms could find Lincoln County later today

Published 11:45 am Wednesday, September 6, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Severe storms could hit the northern half of Lincoln County Wednesday evening according to the National Weather Service in Jackson. Isolated storms are possible and so are damaging wind gusts.

The biggest threat from this storm front will be north of the I-20 corridor in Jackson. There is a 20 percent chance of rain today in Lincoln County.

The biggest threat for the area is not severe storms but the heat, NWS Jackson warns. Wednesday’s high temperature will hit 96 degrees with a heat index of 104. Thursday is forecast to reach a high of 98 with heat indices of 105. Heat stress could be a concern so be sure to drink plenty of water, stay cool and take breaks often if working outside.

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A 20 percent chance of rain is forecast for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will be mostly sunny and the low temperatures will be below 70 degrees each night.

Fire remains a threat

Lincoln County is still under a burn ban along with 44 other counties in Mississippi. A small fire was put out yesterday in Lincoln County near the intersection of US84 and I-55. Conditions are still favorable for fire to spread rapidly so please heed all burn bans.

Nine out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans. Remember to dispose of cigarette butts properly and to not allow any trailer chains to drag along the ground. Open burning of any kind is not allowed.

Thursday wakeup call

Brookhaven-Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency warns Lincoln County residents in the California Road area they might hear a loud commotion Thursday morning but should not be alarmed. Denbury, a gas company, will conduct a blowdown of a line in the California Road area at 8 a.m.

The blowdown will continue each day through Saturday and will only be done during the day. Residents will likely hear this controlled release but there is no reason to be alarmed.