Published: Wed, March 17, 2021
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Damaging winds, flooding and tornadoes possible today through early Thursday

Damaging winds, flooding and tornadoes possible today through early Thursday

- A few strong to potentially severe storms are possible on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Some areas are at a high risk of violent long-track tornadoes, damaging winds of over 80 miles per hour as well as tennis ball-sized hail, the service said.

Although the highest risk for severe storms is a little farther to the north and east of the viewing area, we are still at risk to see severe activity.

Dozens of schools systems in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi canceled classes, switched to online learning or dismissed students early, and Mississippi State University moved to virtual teaching because of the potential for danger at its campuses in Starkville and Meridian.

The Storm Prediction Center is warning of "high risk" for severe weather - a category level that's not taken lightly and used on average only once or twice per year. Damaging wind gusts along with an elevated tornado risk is in play.

Severe weather expected Wednesday, Thursday in Newton

All modes (or types) of severe weather will be possible as well. Forsyth County will be in the enhanced risk category on Thursday.

Storms dumped as much as 6 inches of rain on MS and Alabama on Tuesday ahead of threatening weather that forecasters said could include tornadoes across a large part of the South from Texas to Georgia.

NOW is the time to prepare...

"Ensure you have multiple ways to receive warnings", the weather service in Mobile wrote on Twitter.

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