On the Coast, Hancock County likely to take brunt of Tropical Storm Barry

Tropical Storm Barry strengthens in Gulf of Mexico

NOAA Satellites posted a GOES EAST image of Tropical Storm Barry on the morning of July 12, 2019. The storm is expected to become a hurricane by July 13. The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for parts of the Louisiana Coast.
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NOAA Satellites posted a GOES EAST image of Tropical Storm Barry on the morning of July 12, 2019. The storm is expected to become a hurricane by July 13. The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for parts of the Louisiana Coast.

Tropical storm, flash flood and storm surge watches were in effect for the Mississippi Coast Friday evening as Tropical Storm Barry was moving closer to making landfall.

However, effects will likely be worst in Hancock and Pearl River counties.

“There is a marked difference from west to east,” on the Mississippi Coast, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said Friday.

“The biggest impact is potential storm surge.”

Hancock and Harrison counties were upgraded to a storm surge warning Friday, with waters 3-5 feet above normal possible along with 20-30 mph winds gusting to 40 mph between the Louisiana line and Biloxi.

A storm surge watch remains in Jackson County, where waters 2-4 feet above normal are possible along with 15-25 mph winds gusting to 35 mph.

Barry was still expected to become a hurricane Friday night or early Saturday morning before making landfall in central or southeastern Louisiana, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm was south of New Orleans on Friday, moving slowly northwest. It’s expected to turn north by Saturday night to make landfall, then move north through the Mississippi Valley on Sunday.

Western Hancock County, Pearl River County and southeastern Louisiana could see between 10 and 20 inches of rain, with up to 25 inches in isolated areas.

New Orleans has already seen 10 inches of rain over 36 hours and widespread flooding earlier this week, and the city could see at least 12 inches of rain as Barry pushes inland, according to the Associated Press.

Friday morning, 139 streets had minor and heavy water on the roads in Hancock County, and 52 streets were impassible, according to Emergency Management Agency Director Brian Adam.

Jackson and Harrison counties are expected to see between 4 and 6 inches of rain, said meteorologist Megan Williams with the National Weather Service in Slidell. The rainfall chances decreased in these two Coast counties because Barry’s track shifted west by Friday morning, Williams said.

“South Mississippi could feel the effects of the storm throughout Monday. That’s when the bulk of the storm is expected to leave the area,” said Williams.

Kottlowski cautioned that residents should not underestimate inland flooding Sunday and Monday. Flood warnings already have been issued for the rivers in Harrison, Hancock and Pearl River counties.

“This is going to be a crawling storm,” he said. “Don’t let your guard down.”

A large alligator has trouble getting to the water on Beach Boulevard in Hancock County as Tropical Storm Barry brings storm surge that covers the road.

Emergency shelters

  • 18320 Highway 43 Kiln, MS will open at 4 p.m. July 12

Closures and cancellations

  • 2nd Saturday Household Hazardous Waste Collection canceled for Saturday.

  • ACT testing at Hancock High School canceled for Saturday.

  • Coast Transit Authority closed all beach bus stations beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.

  • D’Iberville Marina closed.

  • All Harrison County buildings, excluding the courts, close at 3 p.m. Friday

  • Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department has rescheduled Friday’s movie night on the Town Green for July 19. Call 228-388-7170 for more information.

  • Coast Transit Authority closing all beach bus stations beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.

  • Ochsner Health System will close outpatient healthcare facilities including Ochsner Health Centers, Ochsner Urgent Care clinics, Ochsner Therapy & Wellness Centers and Vision and Fitness Centers in Hancock County. Normal hours resume Monday. All Ochsner hospitals and emergency departments remain open.

  • Jackson County Landfill on Seaman Road and the Jackson County Animal Shelter in Gautier

Sandbag locations

Harrison County

  • Harrison County Road Department at 11076 Lorraine Road
  • D’Iberville Work Center at 190085 1st Avenue West
  • Lyman Work Center at 15001 County Farm Road
  • Woolmarket Work Center at 16395 Old Woolmarket Road
  • District 4 Work Center at 8300 34th Avenue in Gulfport
  • Long Beach Work Center at 605 N. Seal Ave.
  • Ken Combs Pier parking lot at Courthouse Road and U.S. 90
  • D’Iberville at the north end of the I-110 bridge, south of Rodriguez St.

  • Orange Grove Community Center on Dedeaux Road, the Fire Station on 42nd Avenue

  • Intersection of Hewes Avenue and Glover Street

  • Long Beach Harbor at 720 S. Cleveland Avenue

  • Pass Christian Harbor at 115 Market Street

Hancock County

  • Hancock County Arena – 4184 Kiln Delisle Road, Kiln
  • Hancock County Old Complex – 3068 Longfellow Drive, Bay St. Louis
  • Lakeshore Community Center – 6440 Lower Bay Road, Lakeshore
  • West Hancock Fire Department – 16006 Washington Street, Pearlington
  • Bayside Fire Department – 6215 West Hinds Street
  • Diamondhead City Hall – 5000 Diamondhead Circle

Jackson County

  • West Division Roads Department, N. Washington Avenue (Mississippi 609), Ocean Springs
  • Forts Lake Fire Department, 10701 Forts Lake Road, Moss Point
  • Escatawpa VFD, 3801 Sentinel Dr, Moss Point
  • Fontainebleau Fire Department, 3901 Hwy. 57 South, Ocean Springs
  • East Division Roads Department, 10825 Hwy. 63, Moss Point
  • St. Andrews Fire Department, 1401 Elm Street, Ocean Springs

  • Ocean Springs - Public Works Department, 712 A Pine Drive

  • Gautier - Behind City Hall, Highway 90

  • Pascagoula - Jackson County Fairgrounds, 2902 Shortcut Road

  • Moss Point - New Central Fire Station, 4204 Bellview Street

Tropical storm Barry formed in the Gulf of Mexico on July 11, 2019. Tropical storm and storm surge watches were issued for the Mississippi Coast east of the Pearl River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

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