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More severe weather expected in Mississippi

PEARL, MS (WDAM) -

The following is a press release from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are asking residents to prepare for the possibility of another round of severe storms tonight through Monday evening. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service say there will be two rounds of severe weather.

The first round of storms will move through the state from midnight tonight through 8 a.m. Monday, and will bring the possibility of severe thunderstorms with tornadoes, damaging winds and quarter sized hail. The second round will move through the state from noon to 9 p.m. on Monday, and will be capable of producing damaging winds, large hail up to golf ball sized and a few tornadoes will even be possible.

"The first round of storms will come through overnight, so folks need to know how they are going to get severe weather alerts after they have gone to bed," said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham. "Make sure that your weather radio has fresh batteries, and be prepared to execute your family emergency plan if needed."

The NWS also says that some areas could see heavy rainfall and some flooding on Monday into Monday evening. The system is forecast to bring rainfall totals of one to three inches, with three to five inches possible in some areas.

Flooding and flash flooding were a major issue with last week's storms. Several rivers in central and south Mississippi flooded and several are still at or above flood stage.

MEMA and the NWS recommend you take the following steps to ensure you are prepared:

  • Have a family emergency plan.
  • If a tornado threatens, go to the lowest level of your home and shelter in the most interior room, like a closet or bathroom and cover with pillows or blankets.
  • Residents in mobile homes or manufactured housing should have a safe place to wait out the severe weather.
  • When riding in a vehicle never attempt to outrun a tornado. You should abandon the vehicle and get into a nearby sturdy structure.
  • If you encounter flood covered roads, remember the phrase, "Turn Around, Don't Drown."
  • Check and restock your emergency supply kit in case you are without electricity for an extended period of time.

Two Mississippians died as a result of severe weather that moved through the state last week. A Coahoma County man died as a result of injuries sustained from the storm. A child was also killed in Yazoo County after being swept away by flood waters.

The NWS confirmed that an EF-2 tornado touched down in Covington County last week, causing eight injuries. An EF-1 tornado was also confirmed in Neshoba County.

MEMA urges the public to report damages to your local Emergency Management Agency. For a list of contact numbers for your county, visit www.msema.org/local-ema.

 For more information, go to MEMA's website at www.msema.org or download the MEMA mobile app on your iOS or Android device. The best way to get up-to-date information is to "Like" MEMA on Facebook, or "Follow" us on twitter.

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