After weeks of severe winter weather, state officials are now bracing for spring-like storms.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is monitoring the threat of a severe weather system forecast to move through the state this afternoon and evening.
The National Weather Service says damaging wind gusts, quarter sized hail and tornadoes could threaten the entire state. Recent NWS statistics show central Mississippi ranks first in the nation in tornado warnings over the last nine years, which indicates that Dixie Alley is more active than the areas referred to as Tornado Alley.
“As we transition from winter to spring, we are asking citizens to be weather aware during one of our two peak seasons for severe weather,” said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham. “Only when citizens take it upon themselves to be prepared will we reduce or eliminate weather related deaths. It all starts with getting the alert and knowing what your plan is.”