The threat for isolated tornadoes has been expanded and extended across parts of the state through the overnight.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) replaced a previously issued tornado watch and expanded it northward to include much of central and all of southern Mississippi until 2 a.m. Monday.
The new watch covers 41 out of the state’s 82 counties including Yazoo, Wilkinson, Wayne, Warren, Walthall, Stone, Smith, Simpson, Scott, Rankin, Pike, Perry, Pearl River, Newton, Neshoba, Marion, Madison, Lincoln, Leake, Lawrence, Lauderdale, Lamar, Kemper, Jones, Jefferson Davis, Jefferson, Jasper, Jackson, Hinds, Harrison, Hancock, Greene, George, Franklin, Forrest, Covington, Copiah, Clarke, Claiborne, Amite and Adams. This does also include the entire Jackson metro area.
Increasing instability and shear within a tropical airmass surging to the north out of the Gulf of Mexico ahead of a strengthening surface low pressure area near Natchez Sunday evening, will support the potential for organized rotating and bowing thunderstorm segments. This will create a continued threat of isolated tornadoes and or damaging winds up to 70 mph overnight, according to the SPC.
The SPC has increased the probability of two or more tornadoes within the watch area from 30 to 40 percent with a 20 percent chance of a strong tornado of EF-2 or higher (111+ mph winds) strength.
There have already been at least two tornado reports with damage in several South Mississippi counties.
Emergency managers reported major damage to a brick home in Stone County with minor to moderate damage to several other homes from a tornado around 4:30 p.m in the McHenry area. There were also reports of downed trees and power lines. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries.
The public called in to 911 a report of a tornado on the ground in Harrison County, 12 miles southwest of the town of Saucier around 3:30 p.m. But no damage has been reported so far.
Other damage from tornado-warned storms has been reported in Wilkinson and Hancock counties.
In Wilkinson County, emergency managers reported small pine trees were snapped and uprooted near the city of Woodville, just after 2 p.m. In Hancock County, emergency managers reported two homes sustained structural damage around 3 p.m., about 15 miles east of the town of Picayune.
Everyone is strongly advised to stay updated on the latest weather information as it becomes available concerning the continued threat for tornadoes overnight.
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