Mississippi faces more flooding, possible strong tornadoes on Saturday

Published 9:54 pm Friday, February 22, 2019

Already drenched portions of northern Mississippi, particularly the Mississippi Delta, are at extreme risk of flooding Saturday as more thunderstorms are expected to dump up to 5 inches of rain across the region.

The National Weather Service’s Jackson office predicts areas in the Mississippi Delta including the cities of Greenville, Greenwood and Clarksdale could receive between 3 to 5 inches of additional rain on Saturday.

With rivers already swelled from rains earlier in the week, that new rainfall puts large areas at risk for flash floods.

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In addition to the rain threat, the storm front moving through has the potential to create tornadoes, “Some possibly strong,” forecasters said.

Hail up to golf-ball size is also possible, the National Weather Service predicted. High wind gust, some up to nearly 50 mph are possible along and north of the Natchez Trace corridor.