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Flash flood watches issued in South Mississippi

Total rainfall forecast through Monday
Total rainfall forecast through Monday National Weather Service

Thunderstorms swirling across the Gulf Coast are expected to bring heavy rainfall to South Mississippi this week.

The National Weather Service forecasts 2 to 4 inches of rain to fall by Friday afternoon.

Strong storms capable of producing small pieces of hail are expected into early Friday, with winds up to 40 mph and frequent lightning.

A few storms along the Interstate 10/12 corridor could be severe today, with larger hail and stronger winds possible.

Flash flood watches have been issued by the National Weather Service in Mobile for George and Stone counties. The weather service in Slidell does not yet expect to issue watches for the other four counties. For those planning on attending Crawfish Music Festival and other weekend events, Thursday night has a 60 percent chance of rain, but chances drop to 30 percent during the day Friday and fall off at night.

Temperatures are forecast to stay cool, with nightly lows in the low 60s and highs in the mid to low 70s.

Several flood warnings have been issued for creeks and rivers in the area, including Pearl, Chickasawhay and Leaf rivers and West Hobolochitto Creek.

FLOOD WARNINGS:

Pearl River near Pearl River

Counties affected: Hancock, Pearl River

Latest: 14.1 feet at 8 a.m. Wednesday

Flood stage: 14 feet

Forecast: Expected to rise to 16 feet by next Wednesday

Impact: 16 feet, lower portions of streets in River Gardens Subdivision will begin to flood. Secondary roads to the river and throughout Honey Island Swamp will remain inundated. Property in the vicinity of the gage is flooded threatening about 20 homes along the left bank. The Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to hunting at the 15.5 foot stage. At 15.5 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. The Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to hunting at the 15.5 foot stage. 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.

Pearl River near Bogalusa

Counties affected: Hancock, Pearl River

Latest: 17.6 feet at 8 a.m. Wednesday

Flood stage: 18 feet

Forecast: Expected to rise above flood stage Thursday afternoon and rise to 21 feet by Monday

Impact: 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.

West Hobolochitto Creek near McNeill

Counties affected: Pearl River

Latest: 15 feet at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday

Flood stage: 15 feet

Forecast: Expected to rise near flood stage Thursday afternoon

Impact: At 15 feet, some secondary roads near the stream north of Picayune will be inundated. Beech Street and Westchester Subdivision below the confluence of the east and west branches will be subject to flooding in low places. At 12 feet, minor agricultural and forestry flooding will develop in rural areas. At 10 feet, bank full with minor over bank flow will occur at low spots just below gage.

Chickasawhay at Leakesville

Counties affected: George, Greene and Wayne counties

Latest: 17.7 feet at 8 p.m. Tuesday

Flood stage: 20 feet

Forecast: Expected to rise above flood stage Wednesday and continue rising to near 22.5 feet by Saturday

Impact: At 20 feet, flooding of lowlands in the area will occur.

Leaf River near Mclain

Counties affected: George, Greene and Perry

Latest: 9.9 feet at 8 p.m. Tuesday

Forecast: rise above flood stage by Friday morning and continue to rise near 20 feet by Saturday early afternoon.

Impact: At 18 feet, xonsiderable lowland and agricultural flooding will occur.

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