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Moderate rain expected until noon while temperatures continue to fall

A cold front should be reaching Hancock County around 8 a.m., bringing with it the chance for up to two inches of rain and some severe weather.
A cold front should be reaching Hancock County around 8 a.m., bringing with it the chance for up to two inches of rain and some severe weather. Courtesy

A tornado warning that was issued for southern Harrison County on Wednesday morning has been canceled. A tornado watch for the county has also been canceled.

Alek Krautmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in New Orleans, said a tornado was not actually spotted on land.

“There was a signature rotation we were worried about that was south of Gulfport but we have no reason to think that reached landfall and did any damage,” he said.

Krautmann said Harrison County residents can expect moderate rain for the next hour, and much cooler temperatures will be moving in.

“The temperature will continue to fall throughout the day,” he said. “The highs for the day have already happened, and it will continue to drop until the mid-40s overnight.

Although no tornadoes were reported on the Coast, the National Weather Service in Jackson said late Tuesday that it had counted six confirmed tornadoes so far in the areas of the state it monitors.

Eric Carpenter, a meteorologist with the weather service's Jackson office responsible for central Mississippi, said the office would send out teams Wednesday to survey the damage.

He said one tornado extended from eastern Rankin to Scott County. One stretched from Winston to Noxubee County. Others touched down in Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Lowndes and Clay counties.

Memphis-based National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Johnson said authorities reported minor damage and trees down near Aberdeen, where a UPS truck and a FedEx tractor-trailer jack-knifed in separate incidents. He said all of the damage is being attributed to straight-line winds.

State officials said Tuesday that homes were damaged in Grenada, Scott and Winston counties and there were reports of widespread power outages in Calhoun County.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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