MEMA preparing Mississippi for potential severe weather

MEMA preparing Mississippi for potential severe weather

JACKSON, MS (WMC) - The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is warning residents of Mississippi about an upcoming storm.

MEMA's executive director Lee Smithson spoke in a video posted to MEMA's Facebook page about the recent flooding concerns in addition to potentially dangerous weather Sunday night.

"We're not out of the woods yet as far as serious weather," he said.

Watch the video here:

People in flooded homes or mobile homes are to seek shelter with the potential of golf ball-sized hail.

Some parts of Mississippi have seen 14 inches of rain this week.

Clarksdale is already in a state of emergency with more than 100 homes flooded.

"Have a weather radio, keep a phone near you," Smithson said. "Be prepared for severe weather tonight and continue to monitor."

MEMA will have teams on the ground throughout Mississippi tracking any damage from the storm.

There will be five shelters open across the state for those who may need it. The locations are:

  • Bolivar County: Merigold Storm Shelter on Lee St. in Merigold.
  • Washington County: County Convention Center on Raceway Rd. in Greenville.
  • Coahoma County: Clarksdale Civic Center on East 2nd St. in Clarksdale.
  • Forrest County: 361 Shelter on Sullivan Dr. in Hattiesburg.
  • Jones County: 361 Shelter on Ellisville Blvd. in Laurel.

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