Mississippians may be bracing for severe weather on Halloween night.
The National Weather Service in Jackson has stated that severe storms are “expected across the region Wednesday evening through Thursday morning” in central, west-central and southwest Mississippi.
Severe storms are expected across the region Wednesday evening through Thursday morning. Damaging wind gusts and tornadoes will be possible during this time, with some strong tornadoes possible across Northeast LA and portions of central, west central, & southwest MS. pic.twitter.com/SRWBdWLSa0
— NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) October 30, 2018
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is urging residents in these areas to prepare for the potentially dangerous weather ahead of time, especially with the threat coming on Halloween.
“Families need to be mindful of the weather forecast as we approach Wednesday, and the festivities typically celebrated on Halloween,” said Executive Director Greg Michel. “As cold fronts approach, we typically see dramatic shifts in temperature. These combinations of weather in the fall can usher severe storms including tornados.”
In their alert, MEMA stated that severe storms, damaging winds and tornadoes are possible. Southwest Mississippi has also now been upgraded to an “enhanced risk” for the severe weather.
Southwest MS has now been upgraded by the @NWS to the Enhanced risk category. Storms are expected across Mississippi Wednesday evening through Thursday morning. #Damagingwind gusts and #tornadoes will be possible during this time, with some #strongtornadoes possible. #MSWX pic.twitter.com/g5sgQ3grNR
— MSEMA (@MSEMA) October 30, 2018
MEMA and the National Weather Service both recommend you take the following steps:
- Know your family emergency plan in case a weather warning is issued.
- Know where you will go and what you will do if a warning is issued while you are on the road or away from home.
- Check and restock your emergency supply kit in case you are without electricity for an extended period of time.