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UPDATE: South Mississippi under tornado watch; storms may bring hail

The National Weather Service in New Orleans said severe weather coming through South Mississippi Saturday evening could produce hail.
The National Weather Service in New Orleans said severe weather coming through South Mississippi Saturday evening could produce hail.

National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a tornado watch for all six South Mississippi counties until 9 p.m. Saturday

And Coast residents might see afternoon and evening thunderstorms capable of producing hail. The NWS said there’s a slight risk of severe thunderstorms in South Mississippi on Saturday afternoon, including the three Coast counties.

There is a high confidence hail will be produced by any thunderstorms that develop between 3 and 8 p.m., the NWS said.

The hail could range from the size of quarters to golf balls, the NWS said, and hail the size of a baseball could not be ruled out during the strongest storms, which could be expected before sunset.

The risk of tornadoes will increase by early evening, NWS said.

South Mississippi saw its share of severe weather early Saturday morning when a tornado tore through the area of Hattiesburg near William Carey University, causing severe damage on campus and to homes in the surrounding neighborhoods. Officials reported four people died in the severe weather.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @Journalism_J

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