Nate to bring rain, wind to Oktibbeha County

A rainfall map provided by the National Weather Service office in Jackson ahead of Nate bringing rain and wind to the area.
Staff Writer

As Tropical Storm Nate makes its way to the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi, Oktibbeha County can expect mild weather this weekend.

Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Forecast office in Jackson Anna Wolverton said as Nate approaches the coast, rain chances will increase throughout the weekend. She said although rainfall is predicted, the numbers are subject to change once it makes landfall.

“Going into (Saturday), rain chances will increase to about 80 percent during the day and (Saturday) night as well as Sunday,” Wolverton said.

Wolverton said once Nate makes landfall, it will “be moving pretty quickly” northeastward and should be out of Mississippi late Sunday night.

As Nate moves through the state, Wolverton said Oktibbeha County is expected to see light thunderstorms, rain and some high winds.

“Rainfall could be anywhere between two to five inches,” Wolverton said. “(The county will see) probably 15 to 25 mph sustained (wind) with maybe gusts up to 35 mph.”

The biggest concern Oktibbeha County will face as Nate passes though will be wind and rainfall.

“The rain could produce some flash flooding in poor drainage areas,” Wolverton said. “It has been kind of dry lately which, that helps out.”

Wolverton provided some safety tips for residents saying to clean clogged gutters, remove weak limbs from their yards, park vehicles in garages or out from under trees and to stay inside during any storm.

She said if residents have to travel while Nate passes through, to be sure not to drive through flooded roads.