Hurricane Ida looks to be wet and blustery but not the intense storm it was initially forecast to be.
The National Weather Service out of Memphis has issued a wind advisory for Monday afternoon and Tuesday night, with the storm expected to track in a more easterly direction and away from Coahoma County.
Rain amounts are expected to be about a quarter of an inch this afternoon and half to three-quarters of an inch tonight.
The storm is expected to exit the northeast corner of the state Tuesday morning, with cloudy skies giving way to clear skies Tuesday night. The Sun is expected to shine Wednesday and no significant rain is predicted through Labor Day.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said it would be “Breezy, with a northeast wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph and the chance of precipitation is 90-percent.”
There were two reports of outages in the county this morning but power was on in Clarksdale and schools were open and people at work.
NWS said Clarksdale would get most of its rain before 1 a.m. Tuesday, with a northeast wind of about 20 mph and gusts as high as 40 as the system was pushed out of the area.
Clarksdale and Coahoma County are expected to receive from two to three inches of rain with some locations getting from four to five inches.
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.
Rainfall amounts over the next three days could be 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.