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Christmas week is historic for severe weather

Source: MEMA Source: MEMA
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Tischonia Hawkins is one of many people wrapping up Christmas shopping a bit earlier this week.

Hawkins is finishing up her shopping early because the entire state is under the threat of severe weather Wednesday.

"I'm forced to be out here right now because the weather might come in,” says Hawkins.
 
Mississippi could see a combo of severe weather on Wednesday, from tornadoes to hail, strong damaging winds and flash flooding. As many of you are enjoying Christmas week, make sure you put your safety first.
 

"Have the wireless emergency alerts you know the things that make the loud noise that everyone turns off, now is a good time to turn that back on,” says MEMA spokesman Brett Carr.

In addition to alerts make sure you have a disaster plan in place. Over the past three years during the week of Christmas, severe weather has hit the Magnolia State.

Wednesday will mark one year since five people were killed when tornadoes hit Marion and Jones counties.

"We can clean up the mess. We can restore and fix the damage, but we can't replace a loved one,” says Carr.

So, as you're enjoying family, friends and shopping make sure you don't put your safety on the back burner. Have those phones and weather radios prepared to alert you when a storm gets close.

"We have the weather app on the I-phone. They just come with it so it alerts me and as far as keeping it charged I have the battery pack, so my phone is never going to die,” says Hawkins.

For more information on preparing for severe weather click on MEMA's website at http://www.msema.org/. 

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