Water spout sighted in South Mississippi (Updated 9:15 a.m.)

dharris@sunherald.comMarch 30, 2012 

Harrison County Emergency Management is reporting calls of water spout sightings.

Isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected throughout the day between Bay St. Louis and Ocean Springs, according to the National Weather Service.

A weather advisory issued this morning says conditions are favorable for the development of additional water spouts along the shoreline through 10 a.m. Waterspouts are expected to dissipate as they come ashore.

So far there have been no reports of damage or of water spouts making it to land, said Rhonda Haynes with HCEM.

“We have them all the time during the summer,” Emergency manager Rupert Lacy said.

However, precautions should still be taken, he said.

According to the NWS web site:

-- Watch the sky for certain types of clouds. In the summer, with light winds, look for a possible waterspout underneath a line of cumulus clouds with dark, flat bases. -- Anytime of the year, a thunderstorm or line of thunderstorms, can produce very intense waterspouts.

-- If a waterspout is sighted, immediately head at a 90 degree angle from the apparent motion of the waterspout.

-- Never try to navigate through a waterspout. Although waterspouts are usually weaker than tornadoes, they can still produce significant damage to you and your boat.

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