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BE PREPARED: Flooding a possibility with tonight's severe weather

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(Source: National Weather Service, Jackson, MS) (Source: National Weather Service, Jackson, MS)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Officials are continuing to warn about the expected impact of storms hitting Mississippi Sunday night through Tuesday.

During a press conference Sunday at MEMA headquarters in Pearl officials discussed what they expected could happen.

MEMA Director Robert Latham said storms will move into the Mississippi Delta around 4 p.m. Sunday.

Four to five inches of rain is expected.

They warned of flash flooding and river flooding as a result of the storms.  

Latham also said "We need to be ready, it's up to the public to do what we ask them to do in order to save a life."

Latham briefed Governor Phil Bryant and his staff on the forecast and all preparedness activities. 

During the news conference, Latham reiterated that government is prepared to respond, but it is up to citizens to prepare and protect themselves.

"These storms have the potential to be very violent," said Latham. "I urge all of our citizens to be aware of changing weather conditions in their area. Know how you are going to get weather alerts, what you would do if severe weather threatens your area and make sure the entire family knows the plan. This is especially important during the overnight hours when citizens are asleep."

Our Walt Grayson said, "The Delta will be primarily affected tonight with strong storms moving into Central Mississippi on Monday."

Grayson said there is a flash flood watch out for north of I-20 on Monday.

"We have an enhanced chance of strong storms, hail and tornados for Monday into Tuesday," Grayson added.

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated to Level 3 with MEMA staff and will increase to Level 2 with key state agencies and other organizations at 7 a.m. Monday, but is prepared to fully activate sooner if necessary.

The following are some of the most effective ways to receive weather alerts:

  • Current Weather Alerts: http://bit.ly/1hBGMdF
  • WLBT Interactive Radar -http://bit.ly/1hBHqbi
  • Sign Up for Alerts: http://bit.ly/1hBJbVY
  • NOAA Weather Radio: Warnings issued by NWS
  • Television Stations: Local or national news stations monitor and broadcast weather alerts
  • AM/FM Radio: Radio stations are required to broadcast Emergency Alert System messages.
  • Smartphone Applications: Numerous to choose from, and user can specify their areas for alerts.
  • Alert FM Receiver: Similar to a NOAA Weather Radio, but relays the message from FM Stations.
  • Social Media: MEMA partners with the NWS to post severe weather alerts on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #mswx.
  • MEMA Mobile App: Free app available for iOS and Android users. Allows the user to find emergency information from MEMA, preparedness tools, weather radar and several other options like statewide highway information. For more information about the MEMA App, visit www.msema.org/mobileapp

 

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