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Heat, Severe Storms Both a Danger Today

JACKSON, Miss.–Heads up, Mississippi. Weather is going to be especially dangerous today, with both high heat index values and severe weather in the mix.

The National Weather Service said early Thursday that severe weather had become likely for Thursday afternoon and evening over most of Mississippi. A weather system was expected to bring storms in the north part of the state, starting between 4 to 5 p.m. Those storms were expected to move south and threaten all of Mississippi, at least through 10 p.m.

The main threat from the storms was expected to be damaging winds of 60 to 70 mph, quarter size hail and frequent lightening.

Before that, though, heat index values were expected to reach well over 100, with actual high temps in the mid 90s, and possibly reaching 97 in south Mississippi and on the coast.

You are advised to stay out of the heat if you can. If not, take frequent breaks, wear loose-fitting clothing, drink plenty of water and check on pets.

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