Open severe weather shelters in the Pine Belt

Open severe weather shelters in the Pine Belt
Shelters are opening across the Pine Belt ahead of the severe weather.

PINE BELT - With severe weather threatening the Pine Belt, storm shelters across the area are being activated to house residents that could be in harms way.

"The Forrest County Board of Supervisors is going to open the shelter at 7 p.m. for anyone that is in a trailer, or mobile home that wishes to go to a more stable facility with severe weather looming," Forrest County Emergency Management Director Glen Moore said.

The 10,000-square foot. facility is adjacent to the James Lynn Cartlidge Multi-Purpose Center.

Lamar County's storm shelter is pending activation according to Lamar County Emergency Management Director James Smith.

"We have the facility for situations like this, and if we get enough calls from the community we will activate it," Smith said.

Jones County Emergency Management Director Marda Tullous said the Jones County shelter will be on standby.

Jones county will activate the county storm shelter at 7:30 p.m. for folks wishing to seek shelter. The storm shelter is in Laurel at 1425 Ellisville Blvd.

"Right now we are going to be on an as needed basis, if we get calls from the community asking for it to be opened we will," Tullous said.

The Pine Belt is expecting strong winds, 1 to 4 inches of rain and possible tornadoes overnight.

For valuable information from The WDAM First Alert Weather team on what you need to know before the storm, click here