Severe storms forecast late Thursday

Published 3:15 pm Tuesday, May 7, 2024

BROOKHAVEN — Hurricane season is around the corner and storms are starting to pick up during Hurricane Preparedness week. The National Weather Service in Jackson issued three severe storm forecasts for the next three days and only one of them includes Lincoln County. 

Severe storms could move through Lincoln County Thursday afternoon into the evening. Southwest Mississippi is shown to be at a slight risk right now while portions of the state north of Jackson are at a marginal risk. 

NWS Jackson warns severe storms are possible, damaging wind gusts could reach 60 mph, hail could be quarter to golf ball sized and tornadoes are possible. We will provide updates as the storm develops. Rain chances are forecast to be 60 percent Thursday in Lincoln County. 

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It has been nearly a month since the last tornado touched down in Mississippi on April 10. NWS Jackson records show 20 tornadoes have touched down in Mississippi this year. A majority of those tornadoes, 13 to be exact, touched down on April 9 and 10. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency is set to release an outlook for the Atlantic Ocean Hurricane Season on May 23.