Severe weather possible this week; 11 weather-related deaths now reported

Published 9:57 am Monday, January 22, 2024

A total of 11 weather-related deaths have been reported across Mississippi since Jan. 14.

Three deaths reported to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency were specified as due to vehicle accidents — one on Hwy. 49 in Humphreys County, and two on Hwy. 15 in Chickasaw County.

The other eight deaths have been described as “winter weather-related” or due to extreme cold. One was in Sharkey County, one in Rankin County, and another in Washington County during the past week. Over the past weekend, two deaths were reported in Leflore County, two in Panola County, and one in Sunflower County.

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The week’s forecast

The Brookhaven-Lincoln County Emergency Management office posted a warning of “limited threat” of potential flooding Wednesday into Thursday for all of Lincoln County, as a result of possible severe storms on Wednesday. The risk is marginal — the lowest risk warning — with possible isolated severe storms, damaging wind gusts, and hail up to a quarter size in the afternoon and evening.

Rain showers are expected to begin Monday afternoon, with the risk of rain increasing after midnight (moving from 20 to 80 percent likelihood). Showers are expected to continue Tuesday and Tuesday night, carrying over into Wednesday.

Showers and possible thunderstorms are forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, with rainfall chances dropping gradually over Friday and Saturday.

Highs for the week are expected to be in the 60s and 70s, with lows in the 50s.