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Tornado warning issued for Harrison, Hancock counties

Aerial footage shows tornado damage in Morton, Mississippi

Homes were damaged near Morton after storms moved across the South on April 18, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama.
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Homes were damaged near Morton after storms moved across the South on April 18, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama.

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.

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