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Flash flooding, heavy rain expected this week on the Coast. Here’s what you need to know.

June 5

Flash flooding and rain is expected on the Coast through Saturday.

A flash flood watch is in effect from June 5 at 12:57 p.m. until June 6 at 7 p.m., according to Rupert Lacy with Harrison County Emergency Management.

The watch is for Amite, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Pike, Walthall and Wilkinson counties.

There’s also a moderate risk for heavy rain on the Coast through Friday night. Rain rates at times may approach 2 to 3 inches per hour.

What to expect

  • Rainfall of 2 to 6 inches is expected for much of the area through Saturday afternoon. Isolated higher amounts will be possible from Houma to New Orleans to Biloxi
  • Ponding of water in low lying areas and areas of poor drainage.
  • Possible flash flooding will be possible.
  • Rises on area rivers can be expected and flood warnings may be necessary.

June 3

South Mississippi could see some rain this week from a tropical disturbance currently stewing in the Bay of Campeche.

The disturbance, which formed in the Gulf of Mexico on the first day of hurricane season, has a 60% chance of developing over the next five days, said Matt Stratton, deputy director of the Harrison County Emergency Management.

Stratton said the storm is expected to track northwest, then northeast along the Texas coast or northwestern Gulf.

By mid-week, southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Coast could see up to three inches of rain, Stratton said.

Stratton said there is a chance this disturbance can develop into a weak tropical system.

The Sun Herald will update this article as information becomes available.

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