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Mississippi prepares for latest round of severe weather Thursday

While damage assessments continue following last week’s severe weather event, Mississippi is already gearing up for another round of storms. 

During a Facebook Live session, the National Weather Service outlined the severe weather threat that could see strong thunderstorms, large hail, damaging winds up to 80 mph and significant tornadic activity across a large portion of the state on Thursday.

Storms are expected to begin to strengthen in the western portion of the state and move east throughout the day. There is also a marginal threat of severe storms beginning Wednesday night.

Now is the time to develop a safety plan for you and your family in the event of a tornado. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency provides the following advice.

  • Go to the lowest level of the home, an inner hallway, or smaller inner room without windows, such as a closet or bathroom.
  • Get away from windows and go to the center of the room. Avoid corners, because they tend to attract debris.
  • Get under a sturdy piece of furniture, such as a workbench or heavy table.

Mobile homes are not considered safe during a tornado. Make plans to seek shelter elsewhere.

If you’re in a car:

  • Never try to out drive a tornado in your vehicle. Tornadoes can change direction very quickly and can lift a vehicle and toss it in the air
  • Get out of the vehicle and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the vehicle and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle.

Also, be sure to prepare your emergency kit with the following items:

  • Flashlight(s) with extra batteries.
  • Portable radio with extra batteries.
  • NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Non-perishable food for at least 3 days.
  • Bottled water (1 gallon per person per day).
  • First Aid Kit with prescription medications.
  • Bedding and clothing for each family member.
  • Blankets and towels.
  • Plastic dishes/eating utensils.
  • Rain Jackets/pants.
  • Sun screen/sunglasses/mosquito repellent.
  • Baby supplies (food, diapers, medication).
  • Pet supplies (food, leash & carrier, vaccination records).
  • Sanitary supplies.
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, cleanser, bleach, towelettes, toilet paper, trash bags, feminine hygiene products.
  • Copies of important documents.
  • Driver license, SS card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, medical records, family pictures, etc.
  • Cash, enough to fill up your vehicle with gas and travelers checks.
  • Emergency generator.
  • Bicycle helmet.

Check out the full briefing from NWS below:

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