Cindy could bring potentially ‘life-threatening’ flash flooding, weather official says

More than 10 inches of rain could hit the Coast over the next three days as a tropical storm swirls in the Gulf of Mexico.
More than 10 inches of rain could hit the Coast over the next three days as a tropical storm swirls in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical Storm Cindy was already producing tropical storm-force winds near the Coast on Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service said, and will likely bring heavy rains and flash flooding.

Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said the potential for heavy rain and flash flooding began Tuesday night, and some areas could see potentially “life-threatening” flash flooding by Thursday.

The Coast was expected to see the heaviest rainfall Tuesday night, said Chris Brannan, meteorologist with the weather service. East Harrison County and Jackson County could see the most rainfall, according to weather service estimates.

There is a flash flood watch for all of South Mississippi through Thursday evening, and the weather service warns 8 inches of rain is possible across most of the Coast, with more than 10 inches possible in isolated areas.

Tides are expected to be 2 to 4 feet above normal. The areas at greatest risk of storm surge, the weather service estimates, are those with east and southeast-facing shores, including Hancock County. There is a coastal flood advisory until 3 p.m. Thursday, and levels are expected to be highest around noon each day.

A tropical storm warning was issued over coastal land from High Island, Texas, to the mouth of the Pearl River, and it includes Gulf waters south of the Mississippi Sound. The center of the system is forecast to make landfall near the Louisiana/Texas border.

Cities in the three Coast counties saw steady rains Tuesday. The Sea Coast Echo reports that about 100 streets in Hancock County have already seen flooding.

Several Coast cities have issued states of emergency.

Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said flood warnings are in effect for the following rivers:

  • Tchoutacabouffa River above D`Iberville: Flooding is possible through Friday evening. The flood stage is 8 feet. It is expected to rise to 14 feet by Thursday afternoon.
  • Wolf River above Gulfport: Flooding is possible Friday morning until late Saturday night. The flood stage is 8 feet. It is expected to ride to 9 feet by Saturday afternoon.
  • Biloxi River near Lyman: Flooding is possible Wednesday afternoon through Friday afternoon. The flood stage is 12 feet. It is expected to rise to 16 feet Thursday morning.

The Salvation Army has opened its cold weather shelter in Gulfport for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. The shelter, at 2019 22nd St., will open at 4 p.m. and doors close to new entries at 10 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and breakfast will also be provided.

The Salvation Army is also looking for volunteers to work at the shelter. Anyone interested can sign up at its website. will update this story.

Self-serve sand bags

These are locations of self serve sand bag locations:

Harrison County locations

  • Lorraine Road Work Center, Mississippi 605, Gulfport
  • Woolmarket Work Center, Mississippi 67
  • D’Iberville Work Center, 1st Ave/Rodriguez Street, D’Iberville
  • North Gulfport Work Center, Gulfport
  • Lyman Work Center, County Farm Road, Gulfport
  • Long Beach Work Center, Seal Avenue, Long Beach
  • Long Beach Harbor Parking Lot, Long Beach
  • Courthouse Road parking lot at Ken Combs Pier, Gulfport

City of Gulfport

  • Gulfport Public Works Center, Hewes Avenue, Gulfport
  • Orange Grove Community Center, Dedeaux Road, Gulfport
  • Fire Station #2-42nd Ave, west Gulfport

City Of Biloxi

  • 2059 Lawrence St.
  • Cavalier Park
  • 2150 Popps Ferry Road
  • Biloxi Soccer Fields/Dog Park
  • 9370 Oaklawn Road
  • Station 9 Barthes-Sentel Fire Station

Hancock County Locations

  • Hancock County Horse Arena, 4184 Kiln/Delisle Road
  • Old Hancock County Complex, 3068 Longfellow Dr.
  • Lakeshore Community Center, 6440 Lower Bay Road
  • Diamondhead City Hall
  • Bayside Fire Department, 6215 West Hinds St.
  • West Hancock Fire Department, 16006 Washington St.

Jackson County locations

  • West Division Roads Department, N. Washington Avenue in St. Martin
  • East Division Roads Department, 10825 Mississippi 63 in Moss Point
  • Central Division Roads Department, 8500 Jim Ramsey Road in Vancleave
  • St. Andrews Fire Department, 1401 Elm Street in Ocean Springs
  • Escatawpa Volunteer Fire Department, 3801 Sentinel Drive in Moss Point
  • Old Americus Road Fire Department, 24321 Old Americus Road in Lucedale
  • Gautier City Hall, 3330 Highway 90
  • Moss Point Central Fire Station, 4204 Bellview Avenue
  • Ocean Springs Public Works Department, 712 Pine Drive
  • Pascagoula Recycling Center, 4011 14th Street
  • Forts Lake Fire Department, 10701 Forts Lake Road in Moss Point