We're closely watching Tropical Storm Lee, which is stalled in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Lee became better organized on Friday afternoon, however, some wind shear over the system will likely keep the storm from becoming a hurricane.
Regardless, light winds aloft will keep Lee in place in the northern Gulf near the Louisiana coast through the weekend. By late Sunday or Labor Day, a cold front may finally help to pull Lee northeast across south Mississippi, then into Alabama by Tuesday afternoon.
Until then, the system will continue to pump in rich tropical moisture into central and south Mississippi. I expect numerous bands of heavy tropical rains to move inland through the weekend. It does not get much more tropical than this and, as a result, rainfall rates will be very high.
Due to the slow movement of Lee, these bands of rain will likely move over the same areas, allowing even more water to pile up.
Everyone south of I-20 should be prepared to move to higher ground in the event of flooding. If you live near an area the floods, such as a creek, stream, pond, or low-lying area, you need to especially be weather aware through at least Monday.
Rainfall totals through Labor Day could range as high as 5-8" in parts of central Mississippi, with totals near 10"-15" across parts of southeast Mississippi.
In addition to flooding, land-falling tropical systems can produce severe storms, which can spawn isolated quick spin-up tornadoes. These tornadoes are often very weak, normally EFO-EF-1 intensity. Rotation in these storms can be hard to detect on radar, so often times there may be little or no warning. This tornado threat is isolated and mainly confined to south Mississippi.
Keep in mind the track and speed of Lee is subject to change and any significant changes would impact the forecast.
The widespread clouds and rain will hold temperatures down into the 80s and even 70s for highs this weekend. Lows will be in the low to middle 70s.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:19 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:19:17 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:58 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:58:28 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:39:00 GMT
MDOT is reporting a large accident at I-55 N before MS 463 in Madison. Skycopter traffic reports that the incident could be 2 separate accidents involving up to 9 cars. All lanes are blocked and theMore >>
All lanes are back open and traffic is flowing smoothly.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:18:35 GMT
We're in the beginning of Fall Harvest season and some Holmes County farmers are already experiencing set backs. A number of thefts targeting farmers have been reported in Holmes County. Sheriff WillieMore >>
Sheriff Willie March says his department has received four reports of stolen farm equipment. Some of the stolen tractors are valued at up to $55,000 dollars.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:52:18 GMT
Fire fighters are on the scene of a massive house fire burning in West Jackson. It started before 4:00am on Patann Street near Boling Street. That's near Medgar Evers Blvd. Flames have completely engulfedMore >>
Flames completely engulfed the home. It's not clear what sparked the flames, but the house was vacant at the time of the fire so there were no injuries.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:42:19 GMT
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there. "It's justMore >>
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there.More >>
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