Another deluge and gusty winds are possible in the Mid-South this weekend as a major hurricane heads toward the Gulf Coast.

Outer bands of Hurricane Delta could begin to affect the region as soon as early Friday, with the bulk of the storm coming on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service Memphis Forecast Office.

The county has seen about 70 inches of rainfall this year, according to County Director Patrick Poindexter with the Mississippi State Extension Office.

“Considering that our yearly rainfall averages 56 to 58 inches per year, we are well ahead,” he said. “It’s just been a tremendous amount of rainfall this year. It’s unlike any year I’ve seen.”

The tropical system underwent explosive development, reaching category 4 within just over 24 hours of becoming the 25th tropical storm of the season. It is the most extreme intensification for an October hurricane in 15 years, according to AccuWeather.

After moving across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the storm is expected to make another landfall on the Gulf Coast late Friday or early Saturday.

The preliminary NWS rainfall forecast for the region puts most of North Mississippi, including the Corinth area, in a swath of 4 to 6 inches. Heavy rainfall is expected to begin early Saturday and taper off by early Sunday morning. The system is expected to move quickly into middle Tennessee.

The threat of more heavy rainfall is an unneeded headache for the local agricultural scene at harvest time.

“We’ve got a lot of farmers that are in the fields that are waiting on corn to dry down a little bit more,” said Poindexter. “There’s already been a few beans that have been harvested, and they’ll be defoliating cotton here before too long.”

Some are working on a third cutting of hay.

“It’s on the ground and they’re praying that it dries, and they’re rushing right now to get all of that baled up and out of the field with this potential rain that’s coming,” he said.

In this prolific hurricane season, Hurricane Delta will be the first-ever named after a Greek letter to make landfall in the U.S., according to AccuWeather.

At the end of August, the remains of Hurricane Laura left some wind damage in the area.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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