Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Greene & Sumter

* UNTIL 645 PM CDT

* AT 606 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PENNY SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR BOLIGEE…
OR 10 MILES SOUTHWEST OF EUTAW…AND MOVING EAST AT 11 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR…
ALLISON BY 625 PM CDT…
THORNHILL BY 635 PM CDT…
WALDEN QUARTERS AND EUTAW BY 645 PM CDT…

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

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Tropical Storm Bertha Update

Independence Day Afternoon Update

Good afternoon and Happy Independence Day! Hopefully you’ve been able to enjoy some good barbeque. We actually had a big cookout here at the station earlier. Scattered thunderstorms have popped up over the area and some of the storms just to our west, over Mississippi, are on the strong side. A severe thunderstorm warning is in place for Lowndes County. Some of the stronger storms to our west are starting to drift into the area and Lamar, Pickens, and Fayette Counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning. You can expect the storms to slowly dissipate tonight, with lows near 70 degrees. Hopefully, the radar will be quiet for the big July Jubilee fireworks show at 9:00 p.m. at Sokol Park.

Showers and thunderstorms will be likely tomorrow as a cool front approaches from the north. This front won’t quite make it into our area, but this will further weaken the high pressure ridge that has kept our area dry. You can expect a partly to mostly cloudy sky, with a good chance of a passing shower or thunderstorm. Some of the storms could be on the strong or severe side, with gusty straight-line winds and heavy downpours. Sunday will start off partly cloudy, with another good chance for a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon.

Early next week hot, humid, and hazy weather conditions can be expected. Showers and thunderstorms will be possible in the afternoon hours; however the activity will be more isolated and widespread. In the tropics, Bertha continues to churn away as a tropical storm over the eastern Atlantic. The system should be passing well north of the Lesser Antilles by Wednesday of next week. It’s still debatable as to the degree of northward motion the system will take in the days ahead, so the system will need to be monitored. Stay tuned for more details!

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Fayette, Lamar, & Pickens

* UNTIL 415 PM CDT

* AT 325 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PENNY SIZE HAIL…AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED
ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM VERNON TO 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF
ETHELSVILLE…OR ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM VERNON TO 8 MILES EAST
OF COLUMBUS…AND MOVING EAST AT 16 MPH.

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE NEAR…
VERNON BY 335 PM CDT…
ETHELSVILLE BY 345 PM CDT…
BLOOMING GROVE AND MILLPORT BY 400 PM CDT…
KENNEDY…BELK AND REFORM BY 415 PM CDT…

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS…CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS
IMMEDIATELY! LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES NUMBER ONE KILLERS.
REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.