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Tropical Storm LEE has made landfall this morning. The early morning location of the storm was 29.7N 92.0W and moving to the North East at 3 mph. This slow moving storm has caused great concern for flooding to the extent that our entire viewing area is under a flash flood watch until Monday.
Everyone across central and south Mississippi, especially those in southeast Mississippi, should be prepared to move to higher ground in the event of flooding. If you live near an area that floods, such as a creek, stream, pond, or low-lying area, you need to especially be weather aware through at least Tuesday morning.
Rainfall totals through Labor Day could range as high as 6-9" in parts of central Mississippi, with totals near 10"-18" across parts of southeast Mississippi.
A Tornado Watch is in effect until 4PM for Claiborne, Copiah, Simpson, Smith, Adams, Franklin,Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Pike, Amite, Walthall and Wilkinson counties. We are expecting the possibility of tornadoes to stick around for the next 2 days in a row. Additional counties are expected to be added to the list later today that will likely include the Jackson Metro area.
Keep in mind the track and speed of Lee is subject to change and any significant changes would impact the rainfall forecast and the tornado risk area.
Wind advisories have also been issued from central and south Mississippi for the next 24-48 hour period. Gust in Jackson have already reached to near 30 mph, and LEE is just getting started as of this point. Highs are expected to stay in the upper 70s for the next 2-3 days as LEE tracks across Louisiana to Mississippi by Monday. Then LEE should move to the East Mississippi West Alabama border by early Tuesday morning. By Wednesday we should be finished with dealing with LEE in our area.
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