Officials prepare for severe weekend storms - - Jackson, MS

Officials prepare for severe weekend storms

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This weekend's storms will be the first severe weather outbreak of the season aimed directly at the metro and preparations are underway.

At the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, MO, people are actively monitoring the upcoming weather.

One expert there said the storm systems coming in overnight Saturday into Sunday holds a lot of potential for serious storms. He said the Pleasant Hill facility will bring in extra staffing as necessary.

Andy Bailey said the past two years have been relatively quiet for severe storms and he worries that people might not be prepared for this one. The center says people should be extra vigilant for the next couple of days.

"People get complacent and what we really need people to do is to take this event seriously because there is the potential to have some pretty strong storms so, when the warnings are issued, I can't urge people enough – take the 15 minutes that you need to take, get in your shelter, ride the storms out and more than likely you'll come through OK," Bailey said.

Here are some basics people might want to keep on hand:

  • Food and water are recommended essentials.
  • A flashlight in case the power goes out.
  • Make sure the flashlight and your weather radio both have extra batteries.
  • In case your home is hit, keep an extra pair of shoes on hand in case you have broken glass or other debris in your house.

Also make sure you have your cell phone handy and fully charged in case you need to call for help.

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