Risk of severe weather increasing with advancing storm system; tornadoes cannot be ruled out

Published 4:49 pm Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Central parts of Mississippi will be at an enhanced risk for severe weather, including a remote chance of tornadoes.

Severe storms could move through the central part of the state Thursday evening into the wee hours of Friday morning.

Storms are forecast to move across the state begin at 7 p.m. along the Mississippi River and ending at 5 a.m. along the Alabama state line.

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The main threat will be damaging wind gusts up to 75mph, but hail up to golf ball size will also be possible. In addition, tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

The area at greatest risk for severe storms is between Highway 82 in the north and Highway 84 in the south.

Areas above Highway 82 and below Highway 84 will be at a slight risk for severe weather and may experience damaging winds up to 60 mph.