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Weather radar 2021 Live weather updates. Tornado confirmed in Wayne County. Copiah .

Weather radar 2021 Live weather updates. Tornado confirmed in Wayne County. Copiah .

Weather radar 2021 Live weather updates. Tornado confirmed in Wayne County. Copiah .

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Wed, 17 Mar 2021 11:00:00 -0700

Get the latest updates on severe weather in Mississippi as storms with the potential to produce tornadoes moves through the area Wednesday

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Severe storm systems pushing through Mississippi Wednesday have already produced damaging tornadoes and are expected to produce more throughout the afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.

All portions of Mississippi are forecasted to experience inclement weather, but portions of central and south Mississippi are at the highest risk for powerful tornadoes that could cause heavy damage. 

The National Weather Service office in Jackson reported that an EF1 tornado touched down in Copiah County Tuesday evening.

A tornado of unknown strength touched down in Wayne County at around 12:20 p.m.

Wednesday, according to the agency’s office in Mobile, Alabama.

Some homes and trees have been damaged, but there have been no reported injuries.

More than 700 Wayne County customers are currently without power, according to PowerOutage.US.

Safe rooms have opened in several Mississippi counties ahead of the storm systems and many schools and universities have closed or shifted to virtual learning. Residents are urged to pay attention to weather forecasts and all watches and warnings throughout the day and have an emergency kit on hand in case severe weather affects their area.

Residents in Copiah, Lawrence and Lincoln counties are now under a Tornado Warning until 1:45 p.m., according to a new report from the National Weather Service in Jackson.

A severe thunderstorm with radar-indicated rotation was spotted roughly eight miles south of Brookhaven at around 12:49 p.m.

and is moving northeast.

Residents are urged to take cover and shelter in place until the warning has expired.

The National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama has confirmed a tornado is moving through Wayne County.

In a tweet, the agency said the tornado touched down at 12:20 p.m.

The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency has confirmed some homes have been damaged, but there are currently no reports of injuries.

A Tornado Warning remains in effect for Wayne County until 12:45 p.m.

A Tornado Warning is now in effect for Wayne County until 12:45 p.m.

and for Clarke County until 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service offices in Jackson and Mobile, Alabama.

A strong thunderstorm with radar-indicated rotation was spotted in central Wayne County, roughly 12 miles east of Laurel, just before noon.

A tornado was reportedly observed via radar in southern Clarke County shortly afterward.

Residents are urged to take cover immediately and shelter in place until the warnings have expired.

The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a Tornado Watch in effect until 7 p.m. for the following counties:

The following counties remain under a Tornado Watch until 1 p.m.:

A tornado that had wind speeds reaching at least 100 miles per hour touched down briefly in Copiah County Tuesday evening, according to a report from the National Weather Service in Jackson.

According to a survey from the agency, the tornado touched down near Martinsville Road shortly after 7 p.m. and traveled for nearly a mile.

Several trees were snapped or uprooted and some power lines were downed.

No injuries were reported.

Forecasters from the National Weather Service anticipate more tornadoes, some of them strong, to develop Wednesday as severe storm systems pass through the state.

Residents are urged to have an emergency action plan in place in case tornadoes affect their area.

All Mississippi State Department of Health coronavirus vaccination sites and testing locations will be closed statewide in advance of the severe weather, according to a Tweet by the department.

Health officials said in a news release all vaccination appointments for Wednesday have been automatically rescheduled for a later date at their original time. Officials ask those who had an appointment to check their email, texts or phone messages for the new appointment date.

According to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service, the potential for strong tornadoes and damaging hail will impact northern Mississippi in the early morning hours Wednesday.

Strong thunderstorms are expected to hit the Jackson area beginning around noon.

In a Facebook live post Wednesday morning, Poole shared tips on how to stay safe in the event of a tornado, including using a helmet to protect your head and how to adjust a weather radio to the appropriate channel to get alerts.

Poole provided a list of codes for each county for folks to program their weather radio to receive alerts for specific counties.

For the Jackson metro area, the weather radio code for Hinds County is 28049, Madison County is 28089 and Rankin County is 28121.

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Poole strongly encouraged those who live in mobile or trailer homes to not stay inside them if there is a tornado.

Instead, people should seek buildings with a strong foundation or a safe room. 

“Mobile homes, trailers if you will, what we call them here sometimes, they are not safe in a tornado, any kind of tornado,” Poole said.

“A tornado will pick them up entirely and throw them.”

All Hattiesburg city offices will close at 2 p.m., but the public works crews, mass transit employees and sworn personnel for the Hattiesburg Police Department and fire department will continue operations where needed.

The Forrest County Emergency Agency posted on its Facebook page the 361 Safe Room Shelter located at 946 Sullivan Drive in Hattiesburg will open at noon. 

City of Hattiesburg officials tweeted if someone requires a ride to the safe room to call the Hub City Transit at 601-545-4500. Forrest County residents can call 601-544-7800 and Petal residents can call 601-545-1776.

The Jones County/FEMA 361 Safe Room at 1425 Ellisville Blvd.

in Laurel will be open at noon, according to a post on the Jones County Emergency Operations Center Facebook page.

The Rankin County Safe Room at 651 Marquette Road in Brandon was opened after a Tornado Watch was issued for the county late Wednesday morning. 

The Issaquena County Safe Room at 132 Court St. in Mayersville, as well as the Oktibbeha County Safe Room 985 Lynn Lane in Starkville, are open, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, which has added a page to its website for the severe weather event.

Entergy Mississippi said Wednesday it is preparing to respond to severe weather predicted to strike its service area.

“We stay prepared to respond to storm outages through a very detailed, rehearsed plan,” Entergy said in a media release. “We are ready to respond to these storms.

We have assembled and organized our workforce needed to restore service safely and quickly to our customers and will adjust our plans as needed to restore outages caused by these storms.

As part of our preparations, we continue incorporating needed precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Entergy recommends that customers charge mobile devices, review guidance at entergystormcenter.com and take necessary steps to secure an alternative source of electricity If they have medical equipment that requires electricity to properly function.

Outages can be reported online to Entergy Mississippi or by calling 1-800-9OUTAGE.

Staff writers Lici Beveridge, Keisha Rowe, Gabriela Szymanowska and Laurel Thrailkill contributed to this report.

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Wed, 17 Mar 2021 11:00:00 -0700

A robust severe weather outbreak is expected across a large portion of Deep South TODAY, including right here in Central Alabama

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All modes of severe 

CBS 42

by: Griffin Hardy, Michael Haynes

Weather Alerts • Closings & Delays • Latest Forecast • Live Coverage

A robust severe weather outbreak is expected across a large portion of Deep South TODAY, including right here in Central Alabama. All modes of severe weather, including strong tornadoes, are possible as this storm system sweeps through the region.

Here’s the latest severe weather outlook from the Storm Prediction Center.

Our threat level has increased, now placing West Alabama under a rare HIGH RISK (5 out of 5) with points east under an overall Moderate Risk (4 out of 5) of severe weather.

This highest risk area extends Westward through the Northern three-quarters of Mississippi and into much of Eastern Arkansas.

Once again, all modes of severe weather will be possible–especially by afternoon through early Thursday morning.

This includes straight-lined winds in excess of 70 miles per hour, large hail up to golf ball-sized, and a few strong, long track tornadoes.

Right now, that highest threat slightly increases as you move West across our area, with most spots west of I-65 seeing the highest overall risk.

Here’s what our latest Futurecast is showing over the next 36 hours.

While tomorrow morning will start off relatively quiet, a strong South wind will lead to an increasingly unstable atmosphere, with dew points steadily rising as the day goes on.

Just after lunchtime, isolated thunderstorms should begin to start popping up on radar.

As the afternoon goes on, the chance for any of these thunderstorms to turn severe & begin rotating will steadily increase.

Right now, it looks like the main timeline for the most significant threat for tornadoes in our area will be from roughly 1 p.m.

to 10 p.m.

We are likely to see a scenario where discrete supercells continually pop up throughout the late-afternoon & early evening.

Because it’s difficult for us to pinpoint where exactly these cells pop up, we all need to be ready for sudden Warnings to be issued.

After 10 p.m., the cold front will catch up to the warm sector, and the threat changes to predominantly straight-lined winds.

Along the squall line, we could easily see damaging wind gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour, capable of causing widespread damage as it sweeps through the area.

This line will push through slowly–from roughly 11 p.m.

to 4 a.m.

Thursday. So, be prepared for a long afternoon tomorrow followed by a long overnight period tomorrow into Thursday.

FOLLOW THE CHECKLIST! Download the free CBS 42 app, and turn on your weather alerts.

If you have NOAA Weather Radio, make sure it is fully charged.

FIND YOUR SAFE SPOT.

Interior room, lowest floor, away from doors and windows.

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE! A watch means the ingredients are there for a Severe Thunderstorm, Tornado, Flash Flood, etc.

A warning means it IS happening, and you need to take action.

We’ll be ready to provide wall-to-wall coverage all afternoon and evening tomorrow as these storms develop.

Be sure to follow the entire CBS 42 Storm Team for the latest updates regarding the forecast:

Facebook: Chief Meteorologist Ashley GannMeteorologist Dave NussbaumMeteorologist Griffin Hardy and Meteorologist Michael Haynes

Twitter: @Gannweather, @Dave_Nussbaum@GriffinHardyWX@MichaelHaynes for more Birmingham weather updates anytime!

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala.

(WIAT) — The University of Alabama has suspended normal operations due to the threat of severe weather in the area.

The university canceled all classes and closed libraries, recreation centers, and other campus facilities at 11 a.m.

Wednesday.

Campus storm shelters opened at 10 a.m.

for all students, faculty and staff, including those who live off campus.

Leaders said in a release this morning that the university will send out alerts when tornado watches are warnings are issues.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.

(WIAT) — Severe storms are expected across Central Alabama today with straight-line winds exceeding 80 miles per hour, golf ball-sized hail, and the potential for long-running tornadoes.

Before any storm, it’s critical to be prepared.

CBS 42 Digital Reporter Landon Wexler spoke with Jefferson County Emergency Management Officer Melissa Sizemore to learn the best tips toward being severe-weather ready.

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– March 17, 2021

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