Severe weather expected

Published 11:31 am Monday, April 28, 2014

On the day after the third year anniversary of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak, weather forecasters are warning of an upcoming system that could wreak havoc on the state.

Monday morning’s hazardous weather outlook from the National Weather Service says “a strong and large low pressure system over the Plains will increase multiple hazards to the Gulf Coast in the near term. An increase in southerly winds today with frequent gusts between 25 to possibly up to 35 mph at times is forecast.”

A wind advisory is currently in effect.

NWS forecasts that the risk of severe weather will increase later today with scattered thunderstorms likely to develop across far inland Southeast Mississippi and Southwest Alabama by this evening, but as early as this afternoon.

“Any storms that develop will quickly become severe,” the statement said.

Tornadoes, damaging winds, and very large hail the size of golf balls or larger are threats.

Additionally, a possibility of long-tracked tornadoes over these areas is possible.

After midnight the weather will expand along and southeast of the I-65 corridor and continue through early Tuesday morning.

The severe weather risk will continue Tuesday across the entire region with the threat shifting east of I-65 Tuesday evening.

Forecasters say that heavy ran and flooding is a high concern with this weather event.

“Widespread totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected through Tuesday evening.”

Forecasters also say that those totals could easily double if strong storms repeatedly move over the same areas.

“Given the recent heavy rainfall the area has experience this additional rain will be sufficient to produce potential flooding issues and river stage rises.”

Additional rains are possible Thursday and Friday.