Bobbi Jo Breland, Director of the Washington Parish Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, advises that she reached out to the National Weather Service this morning (December 14, 2022) and the main concern as of this morning are the storms ahead of the line that could produce damaging winds, tornadoes and large hail, with the line reaching our area anywhere between 4 and 5 pm. We are at a 10% risk of strong tornadoes, 15% risk of damaging winds and 5% risk of hail. Our area is under a Tornado Watch till 1pm and a Flash Flood Watch through this evening.
Update: The line of storms has slowed if not stalled near the southwest MS and SELA border. This line is stretching to the WSW all the way back to southeast TX.
**The highest rainfall amounts will occur in this line as it drifts southeast. Rainfall estimates with this line early this morning are near 7" in a few places.
**We continue to anticipate the rainfall threat to be highest for the areas west of I-55, through late this morning. These areas, though, are also still at risk of seeing severe weather (a few tornadoes and damaging winds 60+mph), especially as we start to heat up.
**The severe weather threat will increase through the day for much of SELA and into coastal MS. Storms will likely not really begin to pick up in coverage till closer to midday and even though many of you are currently in a tornado watch and have been for a few hours please do not let you guard down thinking the threat is over. This was never going to be a quick-hitting system and the worst of the severe impacts have been expected to occur around midday and through the afternoon.