Wednesday set to be weather alert day for Warren County

Published 3:38 pm Tuesday, March 29, 2022

A weather alert day has been reported by the National Weather Service for Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Senior forecaster Mike Edmonston said the most heightened threat for Warren County will be gradient winds even before any line of weather moves into the area.

“We are going to be under a wind advisory and strong wind gusts of 55 mph will not be out of the question,” Edmonston said, which could cause downed trees and power outages.

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It’s going to be a very windy day, he said, with sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph. Edmonston said these winds are expected to blow in around 10 a.m. before any of the severe weather moves into the area.

A line of storms with a “more prominent threat,” he said, would move in between noon and 1 p.m.

“We are talking wind speeds up to 80 mph as the line moves into portions of Vicksburg,” Edmonston said.

In addition to the winds, Edmonston said there is the potential for tornadoes.

“A few of those tornadoes may be strong but we are not really looking for a tornado outbreak or as many as we had with the previous system,” he said.

Edmonston said the line of storms should be out of the area by 3 p.m., moving east.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Vicksburg Warren School District had not canceled classes.

“We have not made any changes to our regular schedule,” VWSD director of communications Christi Kilroy said.

Warren County Emergency Management Director John Elfer said he thinks the schools have made the best decision.

“I have been of the opinion that the kids are better in a robust building because not everybody lives in a brick house,” Elfer said. “There is also food and security, and that might be the only meal that child gets is what they get at school.”

Also as of Tuesday afternoon, the Vicksburg Catholic School and Porters Chapel Academy have made the decision to hold classes on Wednesday.

Elfer, who gets his information from the Jackson Weather Service and stays in communications with the schools, the sheriff’s department, the mayor’s office said they will continue to monitor the situation.

“We will just have to evaluate it as we get into the afternoon (Tuesday),” he said. “It’s a very difficult decision when you are going by changing data and it changes hourly.”

Although the VWSD will hold classes on Wednesday, their K for a Day event has been canceled.

Kilroy said, it was not because of potential storms, but because of rain. As part of the K for a Day, which is geared towards rising Pre-K and Kindergarten children in the district, packets were to be handed out during a drive-thru in the parking lot at VWSD’s Central Support Offices.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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