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Thunderstorms headed to South Mississippi but nothing tropical for now

The 2-day forecast from the National Hurricane Center on Thursday shows four systems. The one that stills bears watching for residents of South Mississippi is Tropical Depression 12.
The 2-day forecast from the National Hurricane Center on Thursday shows four systems. The one that stills bears watching for residents of South Mississippi is Tropical Depression 12.

Tropical Depression 12 off the coast of Africa needs watching, but the National Hurricane Center reports that three other systems shouldn’t cause any problems for South Mississippi over the weekend.

However, a hazardous weather outlook for South Mississippi and southeast Louisiana has been issued by the National Weather Service for Thursday and Friday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected, especially during the afternoon and early evening Thursday.

“A few storms could become strong, producing frequent lightning, gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall,” the report says.

As typically happens after Sept. 15, highs will start dipping below 90 degrees. The forecast high Friday through Sunday in Gulfport is 88 degrees with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms each day.

The tropical report from the Hurricane Center shows:

▪  Tropical Storm Ian is heading away from the U.S. toward the North Atlantic.

▪  Tropical Depression Julia is hanging around a couple days off the coast of South Carolina.

▪  Conditions aren’t favorable for a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico to strengthen as it moves toward the Texas coast in the next day or two. Given its well-defined circulation, the depression could have become a tropical storm overnight. Shear could weaken the system during the next day or two, according to the NHC. Beyond that, the cyclone could strengthen as it moves over warmer water, which is why Tropical Depression 12 needs to be watched into next week.

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