Thunderstorms roll across Gulfport
More wet weather swept across the Coast on Thursday, dumping heaving rains and prompting river flood warnings.
The National Weather Service issued flash flood and tornado warnings, but no funnel clouds were reported.
Heavy rainfall on the already sodden ground caused more ponding on roadways, including U.S. 90. Motorists are advised to use caution when driving.
Flooding in Gulfport
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Harrison County and Western Jackson County until 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Gulfport police Sgt. Joshua Bromen said several streets in the city are flooded and cars were getting stuck in the standing water. He advised drivers on Twitter to “turn around, don’t drown.”
Bromen said the 1700 block of 65th Avenue is flooded, as well as a few other streets, including the southwest corner of George Street in Orange Grove.
Several cars were flooded near the intersection of Mississippi 605 and Seaway Road, and Bromen said drivers should be very careful around that area.
“It’s receding now that the rain has let off, but there are some cars that are waiting for two trucks, Bromen said. “They drove through standing water.”
At about 4:30 p.m., the weather service said that in the previous 24 hours, 2.9 inches of rain had fallen in Biloxi and 3.15 inches in Gulfport.
A flood warning was issued for the Biloxi, Tchoutacabouffa, Pearl River and Pascagoula rivers on Thursday morning.
At 3:45 p.m., the Biloxi near Lyman was at 10.2 feet and expected to crest at 14 feet after midnight. Flood stage is 12 feet.
The Tchoutacabouffa above D’Iberville was at 4.7 feet at 3:30 p.m. and expected to crest at 8 feet by Friday morning. Flood stage is 8 feet.
The Pascagoula River at Graham Ferry in Jackson County was at 17 feet at 3:35 p.m., expected to crest at 17.3 feet Sunday morning.
The Pearl River near the city of Pearl River was at 16.1 feet at 4 p.m., with flood stage at 14 feet. It is expected to remain around 16 feet through early next week.
The good news is the heavy rains are not expected to continue through the holiday weekend, according to the weather service forecast. Although afternoon rain showers are always a possibility during this time of year.
There is a 50 percent chance of rain Friday, dropping to 30 percent Sunday. Monday and the Fourth of July should be mostly clear and sunny, although the heat index is expected to rise into the triple digits.
The heat index, or how hot it actually feels, tends to be 10 to 15 degrees higher than the actual temperature. Temperatures are forecast to peak in the low 90s each day, so take precaution with any outdoor activities.