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Severe weather possible

There is a chance Covington County could see thunderstorms and flash flooding Saturday, Covington County Emergency Management Agency director Susan Harris said.

“Numerous to widespread showers and thunderstorms will develop as a strong upper level disturbance over the western Gulf of Mexico lifts northeast across the region,” Harris said. “A few storms may become strong to severe over the entire forecast area, along with heavy rainfall and possible localized flooding.”

Harris said that forecasters expected storms to move in after midnight on Friday and continue until Saturday afternoon.

“A marginal severe threat is expected late tonight west of a line from Waynesboro Mississippi to Navarre Beach Florida,” Harris said Friday. “With the exception of a slight severe threat across southern Stone County in Mississippi. The slight severe threat will then shift eastward across the entire forecast area Saturday morning through early Saturday afternoon, with the threat diminishing thereafter.”

Harris said that the primary threats will be strong to severe locally, with damaging wind gusts in the 40 to 60 mile per hour range and perhaps a brief tornado.

“ Heavy rainfall and localized flooding will be possible mainly east of I-65 where rainfall totals between 2 and 4 inches is likely,” Harris said. “With locally higher amounts possible, resulting in some nuisance flooding.”