State marks Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week

State marks Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week

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Gov. Phil Bryant has declared this week as Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Mississippi.

According to the National Weather Service, “Historical records show that the fall season, particularly November, has produced a large share of severe weather in the South. The fall season is only secondary to the primary severe weather season that occurs during the spring months. In addition, severe weather often occurs at night and may take the form of damaging straight-line winds, tornadoes and large hail.”

Mississippi Power officials urge employees to always have a plan in place if severe weather threatens areas in and around South Mississippi.

“We were reminded of this over the weekend when severe weather moved through South Mississippi,” said Jason Plummer, senior distribution systems analyst. “This year’s Pine Belt tornado occurred in January. These events prove that our area is prone to severe weather events year-round. Much like our storm team, it’s always important for you to have a plan to keep you and your family safe.”

NWS officials added that while not as pronounced as the month of November, the threat of severe weather also extends from the months of December through February.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency notes that the state has been hit by 779 tornadoes in the months of November through February since 1950, according to the National Weather Service. Tornadoes cause an average of eight deaths and 107 injuries per year in Mississippi.

Here’s a rundown of this week’s events:

Monday, Oct. 23: Warning Reception Methods

Tuesday, Oct. 24: Severe Thunderstorms

Wednesday, Oct. 25: Tornado Safety. There will be a statewide tornado drill in conjunction with the routine weekly test at 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 26: Flash Flooding

Friday, Oct. 27: Snow and Ice, Extreme Cold

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