"It does look like we're going into a potentially rough weekend," says MEMA's Executive Director, Robert Latham.
The calendar shows it's the weekend before Christmas, but Mother Nature doesn't care. Parts of Hinds County saw severe weather Friday evening, and much of Mississippi could get walloped with heavy rain and strong wind over the weekend.
"People need to understand that with all the Christmas decorations that are out there, with those kinds of winds, they become projectiles, cause damage and certainly could cause injury," says Latham.
MEMA officials will be tracking the storm and the damage it could leave behind.
"It's our job, I think, to identify what those risks and hazards are when there's a threat to let people know about it," he says. "The news media is the critical part of letting people know that."
With strong storms often come extensive power outages.
So much of it is outdoors: our wires, our poles, our transmission towers, it's very susceptible to high winds, to tornadoes," says Mara Hartmann with Entergy.
Crews and contractors are ready to roll at a moment's notice.
"We will work to get you back on as quickly as we're able to do so and in a safe manner," she says.
And if you see lines down, or your power is out, call Entergy.
"Be sure you report it to us yourself so that we can get you into that queue and get our guys out there and get these holidays humming again!"
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