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Hurricane Patricia likely to bring heavy rain to South Mississippi

This satellite image taken at 1:45 p.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, and released by NASA, shows the eastern quadrant and pinhole eye of Hurricane Patricia moving towards southwestern Mexico. The Category 5 storm is strongest ever in the Western Hemisphere, according to forecasters. (NOAA GOES Project/NASA via AP)
This satellite image taken at 1:45 p.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, and released by NASA, shows the eastern quadrant and pinhole eye of Hurricane Patricia moving towards southwestern Mexico. The Category 5 storm is strongest ever in the Western Hemisphere, according to forecasters. (NOAA GOES Project/NASA via AP) AP

Hurricane Patricia is expected to dissipate somewhere over the mountains of Mexico but the moisture associated with it could bring some flooding to Mississippi late in the weekend, the National Weather Service says.

"Along with a system that is over Texas now, it could bring locally heavy rainfall of 3.5 to 5 inches," said forecaster Christopher Bannan of the NWS' Slidell office. He said the rain is most likely to begin Sunday night but could start as early as Sunday afternoon. It's likely to continue through Tuesday.

As for the potential for flooding, timing is everything.

"It just depends on how fast it comes," Bannan said. "If the 3.5 inches comes Sunday through Tuesday, we should be fine, we can handle that. If we get 3.5 inches in a little over an hour, that could lead to flash flooding."

There are no flash flood watches in effect.

"The bigger issue is if we get any bands of showers or thunderstorms, that could lead to higher rainfall amounts," Bannan said.

Texas and Louisiana will probably bear the brunt of the system, according to Accuweather. Forecasters there say there is a chance the combined systems could become tropical.

"Winds created by the developing storm could reach gale force Sunday and Sunday night along the Texas and Louisiana coasts," said Accuweather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski. "This will also bring coastal flooding due to onshore flow, especially during high tide."

Accuweather said the Midwest and Eastern U.S. could get their first significant rainfall in weeks as tropical moisture from the system moves inland.

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