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Nowhere to go: South Mississippi flooded by heavy rains

Thunderstorms roll across Gulfport

Massive storm clouds bring deluge of rain across Mississippi Gulf Coast.
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Massive storm clouds bring deluge of rain across Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Heavy rain that moved through again Thursday evening left yards and streets flooded as the saturated ground could not hold more water.

Waters receded after the rain moved out, but people were reporting on social media that some houses were taking on water, pools were overflowing and streets were impassable.

The good news is the holiday weekend should dry out, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Although afternoon rain showers are always a possibility.

There is a 20 percent chance of rain Saturday and Sunday, and a 30 percent chance Monday. The Fourth of July should be mostly clear and sunny.

Temperatures are predicted to reach into the low 90s each day, with the heat index into the 100s. And high humidity is keeping overnight lows in the high 70s.

Several rivers remain above flood stage, and the Pearl and Pascagoula rivers are expected to stay above flood stage for several more days. Here are the latest observations:

  • Pearl River at Pearl River: 16.02 feet at 4 p.m. Friday. Flood stage is 14 feet. Forecast to crest at 16.5 feet Monday and stay at that level for several days.
  • The Biloxi River near Lyman: 13.4 feet at 3:34 p.m. Friday. Flood stage is 12 feet. Forecast to fall below flood stage by Saturday morning
  • The Tchoutacabouffa River above D’Iberville: 10.25 feet at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Flood stage is 8 feet. Forecast to fall below flood stage by Saturday morning.
  • The Pascagoula River at Graham’s Ferry: 16.69 feet at 3:45 p.m. Friday. Flood stage is 16 feet. Forecast to remain around 16.8 feet through Sunday then begin falling.

Kate Magandy: 228-896-2344, @kmagandy

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