On March 18th, 2013 severe thunderstorms crossed through the south creating strong winds, rain, and hail. Some areas throughout Mississippi reported having hail the size of baseballs, injuring only two people, and wrecking a great amount of cars and windows. Places such as Georgia and Alabama suffered from a massive amount of power outages and were under tornado warnings, with areas reporting wind speeds reaching about 80 MPH. What is a severe thunderstorm? Well a thunderstorm is considered severe when it has one or more of these traits: Hail an inch or greater in diameter, wind gusts of at least 58 MPH, or a tornado.
Speaking of severe thunderstorms, Monday March 25th through Friday March 29th is Severe Weather Preparedness Week. You can listen in to Live at 5 from 5:00 to 5:30 PM on WCRD 91.3 to learn about severe thunderstorms, how to stay prepared, and other weather-related information. Hope you tune in.-Weather Forecaster Nicholas Sanchez