CLOSING UPDATES: Severe weather predicted for tonight, Wednesday

Published 12:27 pm Tuesday, April 9, 2024

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Updated at 8 p.m.

Natchez Adams School District, Concordia Parish, Instant Impact Global Prep, and Delta Charter School, Holy Family are closing on Wednesday due to the threat of severe weather.

Cathedral and Adams County Christian schools are conducting virtual learning on Wednesday.

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All city and county offices will be operating with essential workers only until 11 a.m. Wednesday with the potential to close for the day.

All Copiah-Lincoln Community College campuses will be closed Wednesday and students and staff should not report to campus. Residence halls and Henley Cafeteria remain open. Check Canvas for any class assignments.

The Adams County Safe Room at 323 Liberty Road will open starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday for a storm shelter. Bring any food, drinks, blanket, medications or any essential items needed. Small pets are welcome but must be in a kennel.

The Road Department is prepared to close roads with barrels if there are trees or power lines down, officials said.

Avoid touching or going near power lines.

The National Weather Service Jackson office forecasts severe storms this evening and continuing all day on Wednesday. Damaging wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour, hail quarter to golf ball size and tornadoes will be possible.

Expect severe weather with heavy rainfall and thunderstorms with a tornado watch from 6 p.m. tonight with tornadoes likely from 2 a.m. to noon Wednesday. The heaviest threat is expected 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

Natchez and surrounding areas are also under a flood watch through Wednesday evening. Flash flooding due to heavy rainfall is possible.

Flooding may occur in low-lying flood-prone areas and in urban areas with poor drainage.

Extensive street flooding and flooding of creeks and rivers are possible.

Storms forecasted through Wednesday may bring 4 to 8 inches of rainfall with some locations seeing higher totals.