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Update: Flooded roads reported in East Biloxi

Severe thunderstorms that are producing heavy rain is moving through South Mississippi on Friday morning.

The rain is expected to be on the Coast through Sunday, making for a soggy first day of school for many children, as well as a wet weekend.

In addition, the National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a flood advisory for Harrison County and Jackson County because of minor flooding.

Up to 2 inches of rain already has fallen and 2 to 3 inches of additional rain is expected, contributing to the flooding.

Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said some flooding has been reported in Harrison County.

“There are some portions of Highway 90 that are holding water and there are several streets in East Biloxi that are flooding,” Lacey said.

Biloxi officials released of streets affected by the flooding. It includes Porter, north of Division; intersections of Baywood and Rustwood, Crawford and Howard, Keller and U.S. 90, Bellman and U.S. 90, Porter and Division and Ravenwood and Baywood.

Also reported as flooded are the 760 block of Whitney Drive, Ellington Drive, Oak Street north of U.S. 90, Bohn from the CSX railway to Division, and the 1600 block of Popp’s Ferry Road.

Lacy said the rain was moving into south Harrison County at 8:30 a.m.

“The flood watch is in effect until 9:30 unless it’s extended,” Lacy. “The ground is getting saturated and that concerns me as we move into the weekend.”

The weather may have also led to a crash near mile marker 67 in Jackson County in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10, which are blocked, according to MDOT.

MDOT is reporting that there is oil on the highway. Efforts are being made to clean up the spill, but it was expected to take more than an hour, disrupting the morning commute.

One lane of eastbound traffic opened up about 8:30 a.m. Law enforcement is on scene providing traffic control.

SunHerald.com will update this story as more information becomes available.

Kate Magandy: 228-896-2344, @kmagandy

Jeff Clark: 228-896-2329, @thejeffclark

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