Hurricane Ida prompts flash flood warning from NWS Memphis

It’s a hurricane and the forecast is for rain, rain and more rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch with the approach of Hurricane Ida, that could track up the Mississippi River through Tuesday.

The National Weather Service (NWS) out of Memphis said rain should begin across The Delta on Sunday night with a 100 percent chance for Monday and dropping to 60-percent Tuesday.

NWS says Clarksdale and Coahoma County are expected to receive from half- to three-quarters-of-an-inch of rain Monday morning and the forecast says up to an additional 1- to 2-inches of rain is possible through Monday night.

Winds are expected to be out of the southwest at 5-10 mph Sunday night and swing around to the southeast and increase to 15-20 mph on Monday with gusts up to 30 mph.

Winds are forecast to taper off to around 15-mph Tuesday morning.

There is a 20-percent chance of rain Wednesday with winds out of the north at 5-10 mph.

As with all weather, the community should monitor conditions and be prepared to take action should a flash flood warning be issued.

Hurricanes are also known to produce tornadoes and, again, the public is urged to remain alert to changing weather.

Counties in Mississippi under a flash flood watch are Coahoma, Chickasaw, Calhoun, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Panola, Pontotoc, Quitman, Tallahatchie and Yalobusha counties.

Rainfall amounts over the next three days could measure 3-to-6 inches locally.

Flood prone areas could see roads close and motorist are reminded to never drive through water that is flowing across a road or street.

Floods kill more people in Mississippi each year than do hurricanes.

The weather will be updates on the Clarksdale Press Register website as details, alerts or warnings are made available.

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