HOLT, Fla., April 18, 2019 (3 p.m.)–The National Weather Service has adjusted the storm arrival time back to 10 p.m.
A tornado watch is in effect for eastern Mississippi counties in the Mobile forecast area until 9 p.m.
Thursday’s storm forecast updated
HOLT, Fla., April 18, 2019 (11 a.m.)–The National Weather Service has adjusted the timeframe for storms passing through this area by an hour.
The cold front associated with this system is expected between 11 p.m. tonight and 5 a.m. tomorrow morning.
Additionally, this area is under a wind advisory from 4 p.m. today through 3 a.m. tomorrow morning for winds at 15-to-25 mph and gusts up to 30 mph.
Typically, the most severe weather is associated with the frontal boundary as it moves across the area.
Damaging straight-line winds of 70 mph or higher are possible as this storm system moves through. The NWS is reminding people to make sure outdoor furniture and other loose lightweight items are properly secured.
In addition to wind, the NWS states it cannot rule out the possibility of a strong tornado.
Tornado watches have already been posted for the New Orleans and western Mississippi forecast area.
Widespread rainfall amounts of 1-to-3 inches, with local amounts up to 4 inches, is possible with these storms.
Because the storms will be moving through this area late-night hours when most people are asleep, the NWS is reminding people to make sure they have multiple ways to receive warnings, should they occur, and to make sure cell phones are charged.
Should power be lost, computers, modems and cable TV will not be available for emergency alerts or warnings.
Wireless emergency alerts come automatically loaded on most cellphones, but they won’t work if they’ve been turned off, according to the NWS.
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