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Flooding possible tonight, Labor Day

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Tropical Storm Lee continues to move slowly inland across Louisiana. It continues to appear that flooding will be the greatest threat from Lee as it moves over the region thorough late Monday night.

Torrential rainfall has occurred along the coastal areas of Mississippi the last few days. As Lee continues to slowly move northeast, a large shield of rain is already developing on the north side of the system. This rain will overspread much of central and south Mississippi tonight and Labor Day.

Rainfall rates will be extremely high. That, along with the slow movement of Lee, will cause some very high rainfall totals for our area. Some computer model data suggest localized rain totals in excess of 15" for parts of central Mississippi. A large swath of widespread 6"-10" totals will be quite possible, with locally higher amount.

I can't stress enough the importance to stay weather aware tonight and Labor Day. If you live in a low-lying area, creek, stream, etc., you need to be prepared to move to higher ground with little notice. If traveling, never cross a road that is covered by water. Moving water 2 feet deep can move a car.

Gusty winds will also continue through Labor Day, with most wind gusts under 50mph in the strongest squalls that move through.

A risk of isolated, brief, weak spin-up tornadoes will continue across south Mississippi through at least tonight, and across southeast Mississippi on Labor Day.

A tornado watch is in effect for all counties south of I-20 through 10PM. Remember, a watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes. A warning means it is time to take cover. All tornado warnings should be taken seriously, though I want to stress these are not the type of tornadoes we see in the Spring and Fall months. These type tornadoes are generally EF-0 intensity and last from a few seconds to a couple of minutes.

You can get the latest on Lee by downloading the First Alert Weather app for i-Phone or Android. Also, sign up for free text message weather alerts. I will also be updating Twitter through the day and tonight.

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