Severe weather expected to delay post-holiday flights & traffic

Flooding and winds up to 45 mph are predicted in the Jackson area

Severe weather expected to delay post-holiday flights & traffic

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - With severe weather headed our way, people traveling on the road and through the air for the holidays could be affected.

Rankin County Emergency Management has the Jackson area listed as an elevated threat zone, which means we can see flights delayed and lots of traffic.

Yolanda Clay-Moore, PR Director of the Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, and Rankin County authorities are warning people to not rush and to be prepared.

“The first thing I would advise is to prepare. First of all, charge your devices, because we like to use our devices during delays. If you have children, make sure you have apps ready to go for them to play with and occupy their time. And bring extra money, extra snacks, a great book,” said Clay-Moore.

Clay-Moore also recommends passengers keep up-to-date with their flights through apps, and check how long they are likely to be grounded.

Speaking of staying on the ground, Brian Grantham of Rankin County Emergency Management says that drivers who are coming back home from the holidays need to slow down during this storm. Especially people driving RV’s and trailers.

“Well first of all, they need to slow down. Everybody’s always in a hurry. They’re finished with Christmas and seeing family, and they’re ready to get home. We recommend you slow down, always wear your seat belt, look out for other drivers who aren’t paying attention. Of course the no texting while driving, and be mindful of other people,” said Granthan.

Grantham is also telling residents to bring in any outside Christmas decorations, and make sure you don’t put your trash out on Thursday.

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