Brace for heavy rain, high winds in East Mississippi

Sirens will sound twice Thursday for statewide tornado drill

Storms and heavy rain could continue for Richmond into the early morning hours, then that activity should clear out to the east before the Monday morning commute.

"Potentially strong tornadoes", large hail, and severe winds could be headed for Columbia County with a storm cell set to move through the area Friday afternoon, according to forecasters. They are expected to enter the Tulsa area around 3 p.m. Isolated tornadoes are possible, and hail and heavy rainfall capable of producing flooding also are possible.

The rain is predicted to taper off in the afternoon from southwest and northeast as mainly dry conditions take over after 7 p.m., Pollina said. Two Fit Blendz employees said besides a few tossed shingles the building didn't sustain any damage, and no one was hurt.

An ugly weekend weather forecast also could be a unsafe one, with 2-4 inches of rainfall Saturday bringing flooding potential and severe storms possible. Be alert for rapidly changing weather conditions and be ready to act quickly if severe weather is observed or a warning is issued. If a tornado has touched down, or is spotted, a tornado warning will be put in place.

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Some of the storms could bring some gusty winds, risky lightning and heavy rainfall.

The chance for severe weather increased for much of SC on Sunday morning.

The extreme wildfire danger in the KCBD viewing area is being described as a "particularly risky situation" by the Lubbock office of the National Weather Service. Check back for updates.

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