UPDATE: Severe storms produce widespread damage across Mississippi; 1 killed
UPDATE: Much of Mississippi now under a Tornado Watch through Monday afternoon
UPDATE: Severe weather outbreak likely; Tornado Watch issued for parts of Mississippi
UPDATE: Dr. Greg Forbes puts the risk for tornadoes in Mississippi at TOR:CON 6-7
The National Weather Service has issued wind advisories for much of Mississippi including 74 out of 82 counties, as a strong storm system approaches the region.
Sustained southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph have occurred with higher gusts over 40 mph recorded Sunday afternoon. The strong and gusty winds are expected to continue through Sunday night into Monday across the advisory areas.
The strong and gusty winds will be capable of bringing down trees and causing power outages.
Even outside of the areas under wind advisories, gusty winds over 20 and 30 mph are likely.
High wind gusts up to 44 mph were reported in Tunica and Greenville, 35 mph in Clarksdale and Tupelo, 32 mph in Greenwood, 31 mph in Jackson and Meridian, 29 mph in McComb, 28 mph in Tupelo and 25 mph in Hattiesburg and Natchez Sunday afternoon.
These winds are driving a very warm, moist and unstable airmass into and across state that will set the stage for what could be a significant severe weather outbreak on Monday across region.
A strong upper level low pressure system and associated cold front will move across the state on Monday and Monday night.
As it does so, it will be clashing with the warm and unstable airmass that is being pumped into the region on the strong southerly winds.
This combined with very strong wind shear aloft will lead to the eruption of severe thunderstorms as a squall line of thunderstorms moves across the state with potentially damaging winds over 70 mph, embedded tornadoes and large hail possibly up to tennis balls.
Also, the possible development of supercelluar thunderstorms out ahead of the squall line itself could lead to an enhanced risk for strong tornadoes.
The greatest severe weather threat on Monday will occur from mid to late morning, through the afternoon hours.
April is the peak month for severe weather including tornadoes in Mississippi that have a history of being violent and strong with long tracked paths during the month.
Fourteen tornadoes have already occurred in the state so far this year, six tornadoes just last month.
Everyone is strongly urged to monitor the latest weather information as it becomes available.
Wind Advisory Counties
Adams, Alcorn, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Claiborne, Clarke, Clay, Coahoma, Copiah, Covington, De Soto, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Itawamba, Jasper, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lafayette, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Leake, Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Perry, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Winston, Yalobusha, Yazoo