MID-SOUTH — FOX13 Meteorologists have been tracking severe weather to be able to give you the most up-to-date information.
The Mid-South is facing a risk of severe storms on Wednesday.
HERE IS THE LATEST UPDATE AS OF 1:29 P.M. WEDNESDAY:
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Chester County, Tenn., Fayette County, Tenn., Hardeman County, Tenn., Haywood County, Tenn., Madison County, Tenn., Tipton County, Tenn., Jackson, Tenn. and Oakland, Tenn., until 2 p.m.
A Tornado Watch has been issued for Shelby County, Tenn., Fayette County, Tenn., Hardeman County, Tenn., Hardin County, Tenn. Mcnairy County, Tenn.Tate County, MS and Itawamba, Monroe MS until 7 p.m.
A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for parts of Shelby County until 2:45 p.m.
Flooding has already started in Millington, the Millington Fire Department announced on Twitter.
A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for the following areas in Mississippi until 1:30 p.m.: Corinth, Iuka and Farmington.
A Tornado Watch has been issued for much of the Mid-South.
We are at a 5/5 severe weather risk zone for parts of North Mississippi, including Quitman, Panola and Lafayette counties. These areas have the best chance to see strong tornadoes this afternoon. Please know your safe place to go for tornadoes! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
The National Weather Service issued a rare 5/5 risk of severe weather in the Deep South today. This is the first high risk issued since May 20, 2019. The last high risk in March was issued in 2012.
This is also the third high risk 5/5 zone issued in the month of March for parts of the Mid-South. The first was on Mar. 1, 2007, and the second was March 2, 2012.
The last time anyone in the Midsouth was under a 5/5 risk zone was April 28, 2014.
The primary threats in the morning hours will be large hail and damaging wind gusts.
An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, but the better tornado risk looks to be in the afternoon.
There will be a lull in storms midday but some should be prepared for an isolated, severe storm – especially in north MS.
A more linear line of storms will roll through ahead of a cold front after 3 p.m.
We should dry out by midnight.
All of this is due to a cold front which is still making its way through Texas.
Rainfall totals across the Mid South will range from 0.5″ – 1.5″.
Now is the time to have a plan in place—know where your safe place is.
Charge your electronics in case of power outages.
This line of storms will bring the larger threat of tornadoes, damaging winds and hail.
Our risk of severe storms will diminish by midnight. Isolated showers and clouds will linger through Thursday morning.
Heavy rainfall in the afternoon/evening could lead to some flooding. Rainfall totals across the Mid-South will range from 1-2″.
Now is the time to have a plan in place—know where your safe place is. It’s typically a small, interior room, away from windows. A basement is the best place.
Make sure you have multiple ways to receive tornado warnings. The FOX13 Weather App is a reliable source to get push alerts and set the warnings you want to receive to your phone. Check that your WEA (Wireless Emergency Alerts) is enabled on your phone. Look under settings and notifications, this is not an app.
Today will be a particularly dangerous situation at times.
Please know your safe place, respect the tornado warning polygons today.
Weather radio needs fresh batteries if you did not change them already when we changed the clocks Sunday.
Think about what you need to have if a tornado warning is issued. First, you and your kids need to know where their safe place is at home, work, and school in case a tornado warning is issued. Have a helmet for everyone in your safe place. Baseball, motorcycle, and bicycle helmets work great. Wear shoes with a hard sole in your safe place in case you need to walk through debris after a tornado. Keeping an air horn in your safe place is not a bad idea in case you get trapped and first responders have trouble locating you.
It’s important to stay up-to-date on this forecast and practice a severe weather safety plan. Know where your tornado safe place is and make sure you have two ways to receive weather watches and warnings.
Stay tuned to FOX13 for more severe weather updates. We’ll have the very latest info in every newscast, on the FOX13 News and Weather apps, and on the FOX13 Memphis Now streaming apps on your connected TV.
As the storms move through this week, if you are able to safely take photos or videos, upload them here!