Tornado warning issued for Harrison, Hancock counties

A tornado warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Harrison and Hancock counties until noon.

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located in the Kiln or near Diamondhead. The storm is moving at 40 MPH.

NWS says the storm and dangerous and will be in Lyman 11:50 a.m. It will moved to Gulfport and Saucier around noon.

Gavin Phillips, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Slidell, Louisiana, said at 11:30 a.m. there haven’t been any reports of tornadoes.

“April typically is the peak of tornado season from Kentucky all the way down to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. A secondary peak comes in November in the Southeast,” he said.

As of 11:50, NWS New Orleans reported a possible tornado just south of Kiln.

As of 12:11 p.m., a tornado watch has been issued in southern and southeastern Mississippi until 3 p.m. according to Bruce Wilkerson with Harrison County Emergency Management.

Strong thunderstorms are located along a line extending from 12 miles north of Latimer to 8 miles southeast of Long Beach. 30 MPH winds are possible with these storms.

Areas impacted by these storms include Hancock, Jackson and Harrison counties.

As of 12:52 p.m., a strong thunderstorm was located near Latimer, or 8 miles north of St. Martin moving at 30 MPH.

Locations impacted include:

  • Moss Point
  • Escatawpa
  • St. Martin
  • D’Iberville
  • Wade
  • Latimer
  • Helena
  • Gulf Hills
  • Hurley
  • Big Point
  • Vancleave
  • Hickory Hills

A tornado watch remains in effect until 3 p.m. for southern and southeastern Mississippi.

As of 2:04 p.m., the tornado watch has been extended for Harrison, Hancock, Jackson and Pearl River counties until 7 p.m.

This story will be updated as we learn new information.