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Heavy rains expected Sunday as severe weather assaults Coast

Pearl River County and the city of Hattiesburg are under tornado warnings as a squall line of storms move east through Mississippi. Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties are each under a tornado watch until 7 p.m.
Pearl River County and the city of Hattiesburg are under tornado warnings as a squall line of storms move east through Mississippi. Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties are each under a tornado watch until 7 p.m.

Severe weather brought on tornado warnings, flash-flood warnings and whipping winds Saturday night. Forecasters expect the nasty weather to continue into Sunday afternoon.

Alex Krautmann with the National Weather Service said although the severe weather passed through the South Mississippi area Saturday evening, rains were expected to linger.

"The forecast calls for heavy rains Sunday morning and again in the afternoon," he said Saturday night. "That's why the flash-flood warning is up throughout the night."

Krautmann said a squall line of storms slowly moved through the southeast Saturday, which caused the severe weather.

The NWS reported there was a tornado Saturday night near the Agricola community in George County, which was under a tornado warning until 7:15 p.m.

NWS had said on Twitter that Pearl River County residents were reporting to the New Orleans office that the storm had done damage there.

At 5:15 p.m. Saturday, tornado warnings were lifted for Pearl River County and Hattiesburg, but not before the tornado warning delayed the University of Southern Mississippi vs. UTEP football game in Hattiesburg.

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