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Storms expected all week, but weekend looks dry

National Weather Service

The bad news is thunderstorms could hang over South Mississippi through Friday, but the good news is the weekend looks to be sunny and dry.

The National Weather Service doesn't expect any severe weather this week, but scattered to numerous storms are expected through Friday.

Some of the storms could produce small hail and wind gusts up to 40 mph, which do not meet severe weather criteria.

The greatest threat will be heavy rainfall, causing flooding of rivers and low-lying areas.

A flood warning already has been issued for the Pearl River, affecting Hancock and Pearl River counties. Both weather service gauges measured just above flood stage, and the gauge near Bogalusa is expected to crest at 3 feet above flood stage by April 19.

Flood warnings:

Pearl River near Pearl River affecting Hancock and Pearl River counties

-- At 9 a.m. measured 14.4 feet; flood stage is 14 feet, expected to fall back down by Wednesday.

-- At 14 feet, secondary roads to the river and throughout Honey Island Swamp are inundated. Property in the vicinity of the gage is flooded threatening about 20 homes along the left bank.

-- At 13 feet, the east and west channels of the river will begin to merge. Honey Island Swamp trails will be under water as inundation of the swamp begins.

Pearl River near Bogalusa affecting Hancock and Pearl River counties

-- At 9 a.m. measured 18.2 feet, flood stage 18 feet; expected to crest around 21 feet by April 19.

-- At 21 feet, woodlands and crop acreage along the river will be flooded. The Bogue Chitto Wildlife Management area will be inundated with water in recreational camps and over access roads.

-- At 20 feet, woodlands and crop acreage along the river will be flooded. The Bogue Chitto Wildlife Management area will be inundated with water in recreational camps and over access roads.

-- At 18.5 feet, woodlands and crop acreage along the river will be flooded. The Bogue Chitto Wildlife Management area will be inundated with water in recreational camps and over access roads.

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