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Another round of severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds, tornadoes and large hail is moving through Mississippi Tuesday.
6:20 p.m.: More damage reported in Jackson area
Reports of structural damage and downed trees continue into Tuesday evening as residents and officials begin to survey the aftermath of a strong line of storms that came through the region.
According to an update from the National Weather Service, employees at the agency have reported seeing several trees down around the area of the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Trees have also been downed along Louis Wilson Drive in Brandon, according to the report.
Safiya Omari, chief of staff for Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, said during a special Jackson City Council meeting at New Horizon Church Tuesday evening that Lumumba was out assessing damage with county officials.
Power outages around the state continued to decrease early Tuesday evening. More than 137,000 customers across the state remain without service, according to the latest estimate from PowerOutage.US. That was down from 152,000 about an hour earlier.
5:40 p.m.: Commencement delayed for Southern Miss; some power restored
Spring commencement ceremonies for the University of Southern Mississippi has been delayed as officials prepare for severe weather to move through the area.
According to an announcement from the university, the ceremony will now begin at 8 p.m. at the Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg. Graduates are advised to check in at the Payne Center at 7:30 p.m. The coliseum will be open and available to graduates and guests who arrive earlier and need to shelter during the storm, officials said.
According to the 5:25 p.m. update from PowerOutage.US, 147,215 homes and businesses were without power statewide, down from more than 152,000.
5:20 p.m.: Power outages rise throughout central Mississippi
More customers continue to lose electricity as a powerful storm system moves across central Mississippi Tuesday.
According to the latest estimate from PowerOutage.US, 152,647 customers are now without power statewide. Entergy Mississippi advised customers in a Tweet to be careful of energized power lines, which could be hidden under debris as cleanup begins.
Residents are also still reporting more trees downed and structures damaged by strong winds around the region, including in downtown Jackson and on Legacy Road in Brandon.
Social media posts also show a door at the BankPlus location on North State Street in Jackson may have been torn off by winds that came through the area. There are currently no reports of injuries.
4:30 p.m.: Multiple homes reported damaged in Jackson
Multiple reports of damage in north Jackson are coming in following Tuesday’s strong storms coming through the area.
According to an update from the National Weather Service, several members of the public and media outlets have reported that trees have fallen on several houses in the Ridewood Road area of northwest Jackson. A roof was reportedly blown off a structure in LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, and uprooted trees have been reported by the public near Lake Hico in Madison County.
According to the latest estimate from PowerOutage.US, more than 120,000 customers are now without power across the state.
Safe rooms have also opened in the Pine Belt area as the system travels eastward, according to county officials.
- Forrest County safe room: 946 Sullivan Drive, Hattiesburg
- Jones County safe room: 1425 Ellisville Blvd., Laurel
- Lamar County shelter: 105 Central Industrial Row, Purvis
4 p.m.: Reports of roads blocked, trees down in Clinton
Multiple trees, power lines and traffic lights have been reported damaged or downed by strong winds from Tuesday’s line of strong thunderstorms.
Clinton Public Information Officer Mark Jones said in an email that trees are blocking roadways at Bruenburg Parkway, Clinton-Tannin Road between Water Oaks and Creek Road and Northside Drive near Summer Hill Junior High School.
Downed trees and traffic lights in several other areas are also causing delays. Crews are working to clear roadways. City officials have asked residents to avoid driving if possible.
Meanwhile, according to the latest update from PowerOutage.US, about 105,000 businesses and homes are without power across the state.
3:40 p.m.: Power outages increasing, watch issued for Pine Belt area
Thousands more customers are now without power as a line of strong thunderstorms moves across the state Tuesday.
According to the latest estimates from PowerOutage.US, 91,427 customers have lost electricity, many of them in central Mississippi. Many of the outages are centered in Hinds County, where more than 32,000 customers are without power.
Forrest, Lamar and Marion counties have been placed under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. as the storms track eastward.
3 p.m.: More than 23,000 without power
According to PowerOutage.US, an estimated 23,405 homes and businesses were without power at 2:47 p.m.
Many of the power outages are spread throughout northwestern and central parts of Mississippi, with the largest number of outages reported in Yazoo, Bolivar, Warren, Sharkey and Washington counties.
Entergy is reporting that approximately 67,172 customers in Mississippi and Louisiana are without power.
The National Weather in Jackson also issued a Tornado Warning for Rankin, Scott and Smith counties until 3:30 p.m.
2:37 p.m.: Tornado Warning issued for Jackson area
The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a Tornado Warning for Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties until 3 p.m.
According to a report from the agency, a radar-confirmed tornado was observed near the Clinton area and is moving eastward at 65 mph. Residents in the area are advised to seek shelter as damage is expected.
2:30 p.m.: More thunderstorm and tornado warnings issued
The National Weather Service has canceled the tornado warning for Rankin, Scott and Smith counties, but issued warnings for Attala, Holmes, Madison and Yazoo counties until 3:15 p.m.
Some severe thunderstorm warnings for several more Mississippi counties have expanded.
In effect until 3:15 p.m.
In effect until 3:45 p.m.
2 p.m.: Tornado warning, severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts of Mississippi
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Rankin, Scott and Smith counties until 2:45 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 2:30 p.m. for Issaquena, Leflore, Yazoo, Holmes, Humphreys and Sharkey counties. There are reports of golf ball-sized hail in Sharkey County near Rolling Fork.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Adams, Claiborne, Copiah, Franklin, Hinds, Jefferson and Warren counties until 3:15 p.m.
Severe weather in the Pine Belt:Safe room will open if needed; city offices to close early
12:30 p.m.: Pine Belt area schools to release early
Several schools in the Pine Belt area will be releasing students and faculty early Tuesday as a storm system with the possibility of producing tornadoes moves across the state.
- Baxterville School: Dismissing at 1:30 p.m.
- Columbia School District: Dismissing at 1:45 p.m.
- Covington County School District: Dismissing at noon
- Forrest County School District 10th, 11th and 12th grades: Dismissing at 2:45 p.m.
- Hattiesburg High School: 2:25 p.m.
- Hattiesburg Public School District elementary schools (Grace Christian, Rowan, Thames, Woodley and Hawkins): Dismissing at 1:30 p.m.
- Jones County School District: Dismissing at 1:30 p.m.
- Lillie Burney STEAM Academy: 1:05 p.m.
- Laurel High School: Dismissing at 1:15 p.m.
- Laurel Magnet School for the Arts: Dismissing at noon
- Laurel Middle School: Dismissing at 12:30 p.m.
- Laurel Upper Elementary School: Dismissing at noon
- Lumberton Schools: Dismissing at 1:30 p.m.
- Marion County School District: Dismissing at 1:30 p.m.
- Mary Bethune Achievement Center: Dismissing at 1:05 p.m.
- Mason Elementary School: Dismissing at 11: 45 a.m.
- N.R. Burger Middle School: 1:15 p.m.
- Oak Grove Elementary School: 12:30 p.m.
- Oak Grove Middle and Oak Grove High schools: Dismissing at 2 p.m.
- Oak Park Elementary School: Dismissing at 11: 45 a.m.
- Perry County School District: Dismissing at 1:30 p.m.
- Petal Primary and Petal Elementary schools: Dismissing at 1 p.m.
- Petal Middle and Petal High schools: Dismissing at 2:30 p.m.
- Purvis schools: Dismissing at 1:30 p.m.
- Richton School District: Dismissing at 1:30 p.m.
- Sumrall schools: Dismissing at 1:30 p.m.
12:10 p.m.: Severe weather threat increased for parts of Mississippi
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has upgraded Tuesday’s severe weather risk to a moderate risk for areas south of I-20, according to a Tweet by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
The National Weather Service in Jackson issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Madison and Rankin counties until 12:45 p.m. Threats include 60 mph winds and hail up to 1 inch in size.
11:50 a.m.: Lawrence County School District to dismiss early due to weather
The Lawrence County School District announced in a Facebook post that all students will be dismissed early due to concerns about Tuesday’s severe weather threat.
All students in kindergarten through eighth grade will be released at noon and high school students will be released at 12:15 p.m. Employees will be able to leave school property beginning at 12:45 p.m.
Officials said in-person classes will resume Thursday following the district’s virtual learning day on Wednesday.
10:30 a.m.: Trees downed in Rankin County
The National Weather Service in Jackson is reporting wind damage with downed trees near the intersection of Myers Road and North Star Braxton Road in Rankin County.
A flash flood warning has been issued for Webster and Clay counties until 12:15 p.m.
9:30 a.m.: Tornado watch issued for several counties
The National Weather Service in Jackson issued a tornado watch in effect until 4 p.m. for at least 31 counties.
- Jefferson Davis
9:18 a.m.: Tornado confirmed near Piney Woods
The National Weather Service in Jackson tweeted that a confirmed tornado is crossing U.S. Highway 49 near Piney Woods in Rankin County.
9 a.m.: NOAA weather radio station down
The NOAA Weather Radio station KIH-48, which transmits from Bude on a frequency of 162.550 MHz, is currently off the air, according to a post on the National Weather Service in Jackson’s Facebook page.
Residents living in Copiah, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lawrence, Adams, Franklin, Wilkinson, Amite and Pike counties are impacted by this issue. The Facebook post advised those living in area to find another way of receiving severe weather information while technicians troubleshoot the problem.
8:50 a.m.: Tornado warning issued for two counties
The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a tornado warning for Rankin and Simpson counties until 9:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Dime-sized hail was reported near Highway 469 and East Mountain Creek Road in Rankin County at 8:32 a.m.
The severe weather Tuesday follows severe storms from Sunday which produced eight tornadoes throughout the state, according to the National Weather Service in Jackson.
Meteorologist Latrice Maxie said all types of weather will be possible with the biggest threats being damaging winds with speeds up to 70 mph and large hail. Maxie added tornadoes can’t be ruled out.
The storms will start as early as 11 a.m. in western parts of the state along the river, according to the National Weather Service in Jackson. Areas around Natchez, Vicksburg, Greenville and Cleveland can expect storms from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The metro Jackson area and areas along the I-55 corridor can expect severe weather in the early afternoon around 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., the agency has forecasted. Hattiesburg, Meridian and Columbus and other areas could see storms from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Thunderstorm warning in effect until 9 a.m.
Parts of central and southern Mississippi are under a flash flood watch Tuesday. The flash flood watch is in effect starting at 9 a.m. until Tuesday evening.
Counties under flash flood watch
- Jefferson Davis
Areas southeast of the Natchez Trace Parkway from Natchez to Columbus are at a risk for flash flooding Tuesday, Maxie said, with some areas potentially receiving 2 to 4 inches of rainfall.