Sage Clunn and friends water rescued from dorm rooftop

Sage Clunn, the eldest son of legendary Bassmaster pro Rick Clunn, attends college in West Plains, Mo., and he and numerous fellow students had to be rescued from the rooftop of his dorm.

Due to an incredible influx of rain runoff and flooding, thanks to the same system that has delayed the final day of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite at Ross Barnett, the college dorm's lower levels were submerged forcing the students to seek refuge on the building's roof.

The local fire department had to use one of the ladder trucks to access their perch, and began to take them off one by one--including a student in a wheelchair.

Everyone's safe and sound as the local water levels continue to rise. Keep this part of the country in your thoughts and prayers as devastating flash floods are very likely with this saturating storm system.

If you live in the easterly path of this storm, keep your eyes on the sky.

Storm passed, now we wait

The worst part of the weather has cleared our area. Hopefully everyone is safe, especially the pros who camp during the events. 

On a personal note, I have the highest respect for Trip Weldon and his decision. Long ago I was in his job and have firsthand experience on what went through his mind. Trip took my position as assistant tournament director when I transferred to the editorial department. He is the best at what he does and is blessed to have a staff to match. 

The photo is a screen grab I made of the precipitation map for the tournament area. In the middle is Jackson, Miss., and to the northeast is Ross Barnett Reservoir. 

As you can see, most of the heaviest precipitation is west of The Rez. However, the Pearl River tops the list for flood potential on the Hydrologic Outlook from the National Weather Service. The NWS also just issued a Flash Flood Warning for the area until noon. That makes sense for public safety and more. What is more means the geography of this area is relatively flat. What hits the ground runs off into the watershed. 

The Rez is a big watershed. So is the Pearl River. Put both together and you have the potential for a different fishery on Day 4. 

In fishing terms, that will affect water clarity and level at the Rez and up the Pearl River, where some of the top anglers including leader Dustin Connell have fished this week. Stay tuned; Day 4 is going to be a whole new game. 

Not a good storm

I love a good thunderstorm. Maybe I'm an adrenaline junky--well I am; maybe I missed my calling as a meteorologist--especially a storm chaser. Since I'm wrong all the time, the profession seems like it would fit me.

Just this morning, I contemplated how my life would have been different had I gone that route. As a giant supercell bears down on Jackson, Mississippi, and the lake hosting the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite at Ross Barnett, I'm thankful my lifelong interest in weather had made me aware, and I'm thankful for B.A.S.S. Tournament Director Trip Weldon's foresight to cancel today's competition.

I love a good thunderstorm, but this is not a good thunderstorm. This system is packed with lightning, heavy winds and rain and a mess of tornadoes.

Not a good day for on-the-water tournament coverage.

So, Steve Bowman, his lovely wife Barbra and myself are headed east to accomplish some work that was originally planned for Monday. Since today was postponed, we're jumping ahead a day to maximize our time and efforts.

The real question is how will this deluge of rain impact Ross Barnett, and the patterns the Top 12 are depending on? Time will tell, but one thing for sure: This massive storm will change the game tomorrow.

Stay tuned.

A chorus of "take shelter!"

It's startling enough when you're cell phone blares a storm warning. But amidst the crowded lobby/free breakfast area of the Cabot Lodge hotel, where many of us are staying, a Mormon Tabernacle Choir of cell phone storm warnings just sang an alarming song. That really gets your attention!

Bassmaster LIVE Monday schedule

With the storm delaying the championship round, here are updated times for Bassmaster LIVE on Monday.

Monday, May 1

Show #1               7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. CT

Show #2               11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT

Weigh-in                2:00 p.m. CT

Watch all the action on Bassmaster.com!

BassCam: Massive storm on the way

Dave Mercer talks Day 4 postponement.

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