Harrison County

Air show canceled for Saturday afternoon but will return Sunday, Keesler says

The air show has been canceled for the rest of the day, Keesler Air Force Base said at noon Saturday, but it will return Sunday.

Thunder Over the Sound started as scheduled at 8:30 a.m. in Biloxi, despite the threat of strong storms.

Just before 8 a.m., Keesler said the aerial demonstrations over the base were canceled for the morning.

And officials made the call to cancel the rest of the day’s activities just before noon.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued by the National Weather Service for Harrison and Jackson counties until 6 p.m.

A line of strong to severe thunderstorms was moving over Louisiana early Saturday, and a few tornado warnings were issued over the southeastern part of the state by 7 a.m.

The timing of when storms are expected to reach the Mississippi Coast was moved up early Saturday. The brunt of the front’s impact could hit anywhere between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., the weather service said.

The air show starts at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Keelser and moves to the beach at 1 p.m. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to be the final performance starting at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Obviously, safety of the pilots and our visitors will be the No. 1 concern,” Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said Friday, “but we’re hopeful that we can get two days of great shows in. We had 150,000 people in town last year for the Blue Angels, and we’re expecting similar crowds for this weekend.”

Sunny skies are in the forecast for Sunday’s show, after a cool front moves through Saturday night.

Forecast

  • Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m. High near 82. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

  • Saturday night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. South wind around 5 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
  • Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
  • Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
  • Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
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