Pine Belt under a rarely issued PDS tornado watch

The National Weather service added the rarely used PDS wording to a tornado watch on Tuesday asking residents to be prepared for an extremely severe weather event.

The Particularly Dangerous Situation alert came as part of a tornado watch issued around 1 p.m. that included all Pine Belt counties scheduled to end at 8 p.m.

"Ingredients are coming together for some violent tornadoes to form through this afternoon," said WDAM Meteorologist Robert Whitehurst. "Please stay updated. This is a PDS, meaning Particularly Dangerous Situation. We don't issue too many of those and reserve those for the most significant severe weather outbreaks." Fewer than 3 percent of watches and warnings included the PDS wording from 1996 to 2005.

A strong line of thunderstorms is expected to enter the Pine Belt region of Mississippi around 2 p.m.

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