Waterspout takes shape in Biloxi as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches
As Tropical Storm Cindy prepares to make landfall, the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is reporting that approximately 4-8 inches of rain have been dumped on the Mississippi Coast through noon on Wednesday. The rain has created large amounts of flooding.
All lanes of traffic on Mississippi 604 near Mississippi 607 and U.S. 90 are closed because of flooding, according to an alert from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
MDOT says that area in Hancock County, which is close to Stennis Space Center, could be closed until 6 a.m. Thursday.
The Coast was put under a tropical storm warning Wednesday night. Harrison County Emergency Manager Rupert Lacy said the warning was lifted Thursday afternoon.
Tornadoes and flooding
A waterspout that came ashore in Biloxi damaged a Live oak on the grounds of Beauvoir on Wednesday morning.
Tornado warnings have dotted the forecast for most of the early morning. Residents should seek shelter and stay inside whenever possible.
Rainfall from Tropical Storm Cindy already has caused enough road flooding to block off parts of U.S. 90 as South Mississippi was waking up.
Rain bands associated with the storm will continue to move across South Mississippi through Thursday, causing flooding in low-lying areas and flash flooding. The National Weather Service in New Orleans is forecasting 3 to 6 inches of rain for the Mississippi Coast on Wednesday. A tornado watch has been extended for South Mississippi until 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation tweeted out that the flooding on Mississippi 604 between Mississippi 607 and US 90 has been cleared.
Early street flooding
Gulfport Police blocked off US 90 at the Long Beach-Gulfport line in the early morning hours because of flooding. Detours are going around west of Island View Casino. Motorists should plan an alternate route.
Gulfport Police spokesman Josh Bromen tweeted out that several roads are under water:
Broad Avenue at US 90, Camp Avenue at US 90, Fournier Avenue at US 90, 42nd Avenue at US 90, 15th Street from 32nd Avenue to 34th Avenue, Pass Road at 42nd Avenue, 20th Street at Fournier Avenue and Finley Street to US 90 are all seeing high water, Bromen said. Use an alternate route.
Gulfport Naval Construction Battalion Center public information officer Brian Lamar said in Facebook that cars were submerged in water near Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport.
The storm is moving northwest at 8 mph early Wednesday morning with a track that has it making landfall on the Louisiana-Texas border on Wednesday evening.
Winds are 15 to 25 mph with gusts moving up to 35 mph in South Mississippi.
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