Brace for heavy rain, high winds in East Mississippi

Brace for heavy rain, high winds in East Mississippi

Sunday's high temperature would be 34, according to the Weather Service forecast. There will be another mock tornado warning at 6:45 p.m.to give families and second shift workers a chance to practice their emergency plans, too. The storm could include widespread large hail, with isolated hail as large as 2.5 inches in diameter and scattered damaging wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour.

The Williamsburg County watch remains in effect until 11 p.m.

The storms could be approaching the western side of the Richmond metro area by 9 p.m., with heavy rain and thunder likely throughout the late evening hours.

Today, simulated tornado watches and warnings are being issued to test the statewide warning and communications systems.

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The storms are the result of what Gerapetritis called a "vigorous" cold front that will pass through the area Sunday. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states. "The activation is tied to a tornado warning being issued by the National Weather Service".

Some of the storms could bring some gusty winds, risky lightning and heavy rainfall.

Potential for localized flash flooding, particularly along the coast during the times of high tide Monday morning into early afternoon. Areas east of Richmond may see severe weather near or after midnight.

"Just north of you, from Redwood Falls to the Twin Cities, we're forecasting 8 to 16 inches".

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