JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) – A Tornado Watch is in effect until 8 PM Monday for the counties shaded in purple. A Tornado Watch means that atmospheric conditions are conducive for severe thunderstorms that could produce tornadoes.
The squall line is tracking into our western and southwestern counties. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are stretched across the leading edge of the squall line. Tornado Warnings have been issued based on radar-indicated rotation so far this afternoon, with no confirmed tornado damage yet. With the severe storms throughout the rest of the afternoon, isolated tornadoes, scattered wind gusts of up to 70 mph, and isolated large hail of up to 1.5 inches in diameter are all possible.
Ahead of the main line of storms, rotating individual storms and tornadoes are not out of the question across central and south Mississippi. The squall line will track through Mississippi from the west after 12 PM through around 8 PM, and some storms within the squall line will likely reach severe limits. The main threats with the severe storms today are heavy rain, hail, frequent lightning, damaging winds, and tornadoes.
Along with the tornado threat, an additional 2-3 inches of rain today could lead to localized flooding primarily along and south of I-20. Mississippi counties currently under a Flood Watch until Monday evening include Wilkinson, Amite, Pike, Walthall, Pearl River, Hancock, Stone, Harrison, George, and Jackson. Lincoln, Lawrence, Jefferson Davis, Covington, Jones, Marion, Lamar, and Forrest Counties are under a Flash Flood Watch until 9 PM Monday.
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