A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Tupelo and Lee County through Tuesday morning, Oct. 14, 2014.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Memphis say widespread showers and thunderstorms along and ahead of a cold front moving through the region will produce two inches to locally higher amounts of rain.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.
This excessive rainfall may result in flash flooding, especially in areas where the soil is saturated. Low water crossings may quickly become flooded and road closures from the heavy rains may be possible. Poor drainage areas may also become flooded.
Here are some safety tips in the event of flash flooding:
- Avoid already flooded areas. Do not try to cross a flowing stream on foot where water is above your knees.
- If driving, know the depth of the water in a dip before crossing. The road bed may not be intact under the water.
- If the vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground. Rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and its occupants and sweep them away.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
- Stay tuned to NOAA weather radio, commercial radio or television.
The National Weather Service in Memphis has issued a tornado watch until 9 p.m. for Lee County, including the City of Tupelo, as well as 14 other counties in North Mississippi.
A tornado watch means atmospheric conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes.
Other Mississippi counties in this watch include:
The following are some tips to help you prepare your home and family for a tornado:
- What to do if you are in your home during a Tornado:
- Go to the lowest level of the home, an inner hallway, or smaller inner room without windows, such as a closet or bathroom.
- Get away from windows and go to the center of the room. Avoid corners, because they tend to attract debris.
- Get under a sturdy piece of furniture, such as a workbench or heavy table.
- If you are in a mobile home:
- Evacuate the mobile home, even if it is equipped with tie-downs. Take shelter in a building with a strong foundation, or if one is not available, lie in a ditch or low-lying area a safe distance away from the mobile home. Tornadoes cannot change elevation quickly enough to pick someone up out of a ditch, especially a deep ditch or culvert.
- If you are at work or school:
- Go to the basement or to an inside hallway at the lowest level of the building.
- Avoid places with wide-span roofs, such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways or shopping malls.
- Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
- If outdoors:
- If possible, get inside a sturdy building with a concrete foundation.
If shelter is not available, or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building.
- Be aware of the potential for flooding.
- If you are in a vehicle:
- Never try to out drive a tornado in your vehicle. Tornadoes can change direction very quickly and can lift a vehicle and toss it in the air
- Get out of the vehicle and take shelter in a nearby building.
- If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the vehicle and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle.
The National Weather Service in Memphis issued a Hazardous Weather Statement on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, indicating a moderate risk for severe weather along and west of a line from Paris, Tenn., to New Albany to Bruce in Mississippi.
Forecasters say there is a slight risk over the remainder of the area, including Tupelo.
The main threat will be damaging winds with significant wind gusts of greater than 60 MPH possible. Tornadoes also will be possible, especially in cells that develop ahead of the main line of storms, likely Monday afternoon.
Here is a list of storm shelters in Tupelo with location maps:
843 North Front Street
3288 Willie Moore Road
Other Storm Shelters in Lee County
- Behind City Hall (202 South Second Street)
- Behind Community Center in Park (1571 Main Street)
- Birmingham Ridge FD On CR 1948
- 448 Union Avenue (Nettleton Ball Park)
- 113 Johnson Drive (by Water Dept.)
- Will Robins Hwy (near Fire Department)
- 2587 Main Street (next to Town Hall)
- Saltillo City Park
- Birmingham Ridge FD On CR 1948
- 106 Herndon Avenue (off Hwy 45 toward Nettleton)
- 384 Old Hwy 45 (next to Lee Co. District shop)
- 124 Broad Street (Next to Police Station)
- 178 Clark Avenue (Next to the High School Baseball Field)
- 100 Elm Street (Corner of Elm and Barbee)
- Richmond Community:
- 117 CR 800 (Behind Richmond Volunteer Fire Dept.)
- Behind City Hall (201 East Main Street)
- 151 Mattox Road (near the park)
- 240 Martin Luther King Drive…