Tornado watch issued for Lincoln County

Published 7:04 pm Monday, March 25, 2024

BROOKHAVEN — Lincoln County is now under a tornado watch. The National Weather Service issued the watch at 6:50 p.m. Monday night.

According to the NWS in Jackson, the watch is issued for Lincoln Franklin, Lawrence, Copiah, Pike, Amite, Jefferson, Claiborne, Adams and Wilkinson Counties until 2 a.m. Tuesday. A wind advisory is also in effect until 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Severe storms are also likely Monday night. NWS Jackson warns the storms could reach Lincoln County between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. There is a likely chance winds could reach up to 7o mph with hail up to a quarter in size. NWS Jackson warns strong tornadoes are possible with this storm and tornadoes are likely as Lincoln County is under an enhanced risk. Since January 1, 2024, six tornadoes have touched down in Mississippi. Three tornadoes touched down in George County, one in Union County and two in Lowndes County.

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Flash flooding is possible with nearly two inches of rain forecasted in a few hours. Localized higher amounts are possible with thunderstorms. Low lying and urban areas could be prone to this flash flooding risk. The timing of this risk is Monday afternoon into the night.

Southwest Electric reports 157 customers are without power in Lincoln County as of 7 p.m. Monday. 11 Entergy customers in Lincoln County are without power and 5 Magnolia Electric customers in Lincoln County are without power.

Stay weather aware and be sure you know where to go in the event a tornado warning is issued for the area.

Check back for more weather updates as this storm rolls in.