An approaching line of intense storms with a history of producing widespread wind damage has prompted the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) to issue a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of central and all of southern Mississippi.
The severe thunderstorm watch is in effect from 12:20 p.m. until 8 p.m. CDT Sunday. This does include the entire Jackson metro area.
The watch covers 33 counties: Yazoo, Warren, Smith, Simpson, Sharkey, Scott, Rankin, Marion, Madison, Lincoln, Leake, Lawrence, Lamar, Jefferson Davis, Jefferson, Issaquena, Hinds, Franklin, Covington, Copiah, Forrest, Jones, Claiborne, Attala, Adams, Wilkinson, Walthall, Pike, Clarke, Jasper, Lauderdale, Newton and Amite.
The line of severe storms, extending from eastern Texas across north-central Louisiana and into southeastern Arkansas, was producing damaging winds of 60 to 70 mph with numerous reports of trees and power lines blown down with tens of thousands reported without power.
This line of storms is expected to continue to remain intense as it encounters an increasingly moist and unstable airmass over the watch area through the afternoon with a continued threat for damaging winds but also hail and isolated tornadoes, according to the SPC.
The state is in the midst of its primary severe weather season, which extends from March through early May. This period historically produces the most tornadoes each year with April being the peak month.
Everyone is strongly advised to stay updated on the latest weather information as it becomes available.
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