Afternoon severe weather predicted

Published 2:01 pm Thursday, February 24, 2011

Four-year-old Tara Hinson enjoys a warm Wednesday afternoon at the Vidalia Riverfront. Today’s high will be in the upper 70s with a 40-percent chance of rain. (Eric J. Shelton/The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Residents of Adams County and Concordia Parish should expect severe weather this afternoon beginning around 3 p.m., meteorologists predict.

Adams County Emergency Management Director Stan Owens said the possibility for the strongest storms in the area will be between 4 and 8 p.m.

The storm can possibly bring damaging winds, large hail and the National Weather Service is not ruling a tornado or two, Owens said.

David Farmer and his 1-year-old daughter Jasmine Farmer enjoy a warm Wednesday afternoon at the Vidalia Riverfront. (Eric J. Shelton/The Natchez Democrat)

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“Hopefully the most severe part of the storm will stay north of us,” Owens said. “But there is still that chance. We are moving into that spring severe weather season.”

Owens said to take the warning sirens seriously, and to seek shelter inside a substantial structure if sirens do sound. Stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for updates.

“If you’re in a mobile home, be careful,” Owens said. “Find a structurally sound location.”

A cold front will not follow the storm.

“The Weather Service said the low for tonight will be 59, so no major cold front is pushing in,” Owens said. “It’s a low pressure system drawing moisture from the gulf back into our area.”