Tropical Storm Harvey finally made landfall — again — and the worst is over.
But the storm brought significant flash flooding to the Coast on Wednesday, especially in Jackson and Hancock counties. Most of the Coast also was under a tornado watch until 6 p.m., and a tornado was reported between Gautier and Ocean Springs in the afternoon.
Jackson County Emergency Management Director Earl Etheridge said the county got about 7 inches of rain and several streets were under water.
‘We got between 5 and 7 inches of rain after midnight on Wednesday morning,” Etheridge said. “That created some street flooding in Escatawpa, Moss Point, Ocean Springs and Pascagoula — we have some cars that are flooded out on Spanish Trail.”
He said the heavy rainfall also flooded some neighborhoods.
“There were three houses evacuated by boat in Moss Point and 12 in Pascagoula due to the flash flooding,” Etheridge said. “There was also some damage to a few houses in Pascagoula because of some straight line winds.”
Street flooding was also reported in Hancock County. Emergency management director Brian Adam said more than 140 streets had water over the road.
Although some roads are underwater and a flash flood watch remains for the area until Thursday evening, National Weather Service in New Orleans meteorologist Alek Krautmann said the worst is behind South Mississippi.
“The band of showers are mixed with dry air so they will be broken,” he said. “There’s still a possibility for 1 to 2 inches of rain, but the storms are so broken that there should also be periods of sun today.”
A flash flood watch for South Mississippi expired Wednesday night, but a Coastal flood threat is possible through Thursday, said Harrison County Emergency Manager Rupert Lacy, although the weather service predicted conditions to gradually improve. Chance of rain drops to 40 percent Thursday and 20 percent at night. Labor Day weekend should be normal for September, the weather service said, with only 20 to 30 percent chance of rain expected. Temperatures will be hot, around 90 degrees.