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Tornado touches down in Lizana, damage reported in Harrison County

A tornado briefly touched down in the Lizana community, leaving minimal damage, as the rest of South Mississippi endured a barrage of severe showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday.

Storm-related structural damage was reported at one property in Harrison County, though Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said it’s not yet confirmed whether the damage resulted from a tornado or straight-line winds. The damage was on Bell Creek Road just off Mississippi 53.

The confirmed tornado struck a rural area in Hancock County, near Standard-Dedeaux Road about 11 miles north of Diamondhead, Hancock County Emergency Management Director Brian Adam said.

He said an eyewitness reported a funnel cloud about 3:30 p.m. National Weather Service radar confirmed the twister, prompting a tornado warning for the western portion of South Mississippi and severe weather warnings for the rest of the Coast until about 4 p.m.

Damage from the twister was limited to broken tree limbs and other light debris, though Adam said he was still checking the county for additional destruction.

Rachel Neff Wise posted a video via Facebook that showed a funnel cloud near Cuevas Town Road in Hancock County near Mississippi 603.

South-central Pearl River County, western Harrison County and northeastern Hancock County were included in the warning.

Showers and thunderstorms and fog are also expected Tuesday night before another blast of Canadian air drops temperatures later in the week.

Tuesday morning began with a dense-fog advisory through the morning hours as warm, moist air moved over the near-shore waters, reducing visibility to a quarter-mile or less.

The NWS had predicted a 70 percent chance of rain all day Tuesday, with some showers possibly lingering into Wednesday morning.

Cold, dry air from Canada should reach the Coast sometime Wednesday, dropping overnight lows just into the 40s that night.

Thursday night should be the coldest, with most of the area seeing overnight lows dip into the 30s.

But luckily, it won’t get quite as cold as last week, and it won’t last long.

Friday temperatures should start to rebound, and the weekend is forecast to be cool and partly cloudy with highs in the 60s and low 70s, but lows only in the low 60s.

Lauren Walck: 228-896-2393, @laurenwalck

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