The Golden Triangle region is under a tornado watch until 7 p.m. today.
The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. issued the watch, which began at 11:40 a.m.
The watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to develop in and near the watch area, NWS officials said in issuing the watch.
The watch area runs along and 65 miles east of a line 40 miles north-northwest of Tupelo to 10 miles south-southeast of Jackson and includes Oktibbeha and all counties surrounding it – Choctaw, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Webster and Winston. It also includes some counties in the Mississippi Delta region and extends from the Mississippi River to the northeastern tip of the state.
Mississippi is on the southern end of a significant weather system marching across the country and stretching from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast.
Authorities urge people located in the watch area to remain on the look out for approaching severe weather and listen for further updates.
Additional details on the watch can be found at: