RALEIGH, MS - Hurricane Zeta has gained strength and this morning's forecast has slightly increased risks for our area. The storm may strengthen slightly before making landfall and is forecasted to move through the area quickly.
Do not wait to make your plans. We expect this to be a heavy rain event - along with the possibility of downed power and trees.
Check on friends/family, make accommodations for sandbags, etc. & try to stay off the roads this evening.
With the 12PM update, here's what you need to know:
- Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall later this afternoon as a Category 1 hurricane on the Louisiana coast with a forward speed of 25mph.
- Elevated risk for winds up to 60mph.
- Power outages and downed trees are likely.
- There is a risk of tornadoes, and a tornado watch will likely be issued in the next few hours.
If you need assistance, please contact the Smith County Sheriff's Office at 601-782-4531.
This system will be fast moving. Please rush your preparations to completion as conditions will deteriorate quickly in the coming hours.
RALEIGH, MS - The 2020 election cycle is well underway and voters need to make plans to vote safely, and securely. The goal of the Smith County Election Commission and Circuit Clerk Anthony Grayson is to conduct a safe and fair election.
The COVID-19 pandemic prompted several changes to state election laws. Please review the following information to ensure you are well aware of current procedures and guidelines regarding the 2020 General Election.
Absentee ballots are available by request, and should be requested as early as possible to ensure your vote is returned in time for counting. Due to COVID-19, the state expects to see a uptick in mailed ballots, and the Postal Service advises everyone to allow ample time for your ballot to reach the Circuit Clerk's office.
If you need an absentee ballot, you may contact the Circuit Clerk's office at 601-782-4751.
This year brings several ballot initiatives, and we encourage all voters to read over the sample ballot, understand the initiatives, and familiarize yourself with the language BEFORE Election Day. You can view a sample ballot below.
We want every voter to have ample opportunity to participate in the democratic process that makes our nation so special. If you have any questions or concerns about voting this year, please reach out to the Circuit Clerk's office so we can assist you. You can contact the Circuit Clerk's office at 601-782-4751 or by email at email@example.com