MEMA warns residents of possibility of severe weather

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) –The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency wants residents prepare for possible severe storms.

The stormy conditions are expected to move through the state Tuesday into Wednesday.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center say the storms will be capable of producing severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, tornadoes and heavy rainfall causing flash flooding.

A flash flood watch has been issued for 77 counties in Mississippi.

“Mississippi is no stranger to severe weather in November,” said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham. “The most important thing you can do is know how you will receive an alert of severe weather in your area, and how you will respond to it. If you encounter a flooded roadway, remember ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown.’ Take the time now to discuss your family’s plan with every member of your family.”

There are many ways you can be alerted to severe weather warnings:

  • NOAA weather radios: An essential tool that should be in every home or business.
  • Wireless Emergency Alert Messages: Make sure these notifications are turned “on” in your phone settings.
  • Smartphone Apps.
  • Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
  • Local radio and TV stations.
  • Community tornado sirens.

MEMA and the NWS both recommend you take the following steps:

  • Know your family emergency plan in case a weather warning is issued.
  • Check and restock your emergency supply kit in case you are without electricity for an extended period of time.

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