Although Lafayette County was rated by the National Weather Service as « high risk » for severe weather during the storm on Wednesday, no tornado warnings were officially issued and no damage was reported.
The worst storm moved south from Oxford over. About two inches of rain fell during the day, with about an inch falling during the morning storms and another inch around 8 p.m.
A tornado clock was put on by the NWS until midnight but canceled at 8 p.m. </ Steve Quarles, Lafayette County Emergency Director, said the county road crews responded to a tree down.
« I only know of one tree that was previously flagged for removal due to its condition », he said on Thursday morning. « Other than that, our office was not notified of any damage. »
The University of Mississippi closed campus at 3:00 pm. Due to the threat of severe weather and the Mississippi Department of Health, the COVID-19 vaccination center in Oxford has been closed. Local schools remained open.
As of this morning, the NWS reported that two tornadoes had landed in other parts of Mississippi, six in Alabama and one in Louisiana. No injuries have been reported.
The storm system moved east and is expected to bring severe weather to the southeast coast of North Carolina in Georgia this afternoon.
Wednesday’s storms brought a cold front to Lafayette County. The high for today and Friday is expected to be around 50 degrees, with lows in the top 30s. Temperatures will gradually rise over the next few days, with sunny skies until at least Monday.
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