Tornado Watch issued for parts of Mississippi until 4 PM


    JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Several counties were removed from a tornado watch in Mississippi, as Tropical Storm Laura moves north.

    The watch continues along the I-55 corridor and in the Delta until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.

    Several counties have been removed from the Tornado Watch in west Mississippi. The Watch continues along the I-55 corridor & in the Delta through 4pm Thursday. #mswx

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    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) – Laura has weakened to a tropical storm after blasting the Louisiana coast with high winds and heavy rain for hours.

    The system that came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane is being blamed for two deaths and widespread damage around Lake Charles, an industrial and casino city of 80,000 people. It is the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. this year.

    JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The American Red Cross is working to help victims who were impacted by Hurricane Laura.

    BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Louisiana escaped the worst of the damage feared from Hurricane Laura after it made landfall early Thursday morning as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, but Gov. John Bel Edwards says four lives so far have been lost and more fatalities are possible.

    « It is clear that we did not sustain and suffer the absolute catastrophic damage that we thought was likely based on the forecast we had last night, but we have sustained a tremendous amount of damage, » Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said of Hurricane Laura as it was downgraded to a Tropical Storm early Thursday afternoon, nearly 12 hours after making landfall.


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