A severe thunderstorm is moving through South Mississippi, the National Weather Service has announced.
A tornado warning issued for Harrison County expired at 6:30 a.m.
Gulfport Superintendent Glen East advised parents to take their time and be safe in getting children to school, once the storm passes. Other school districts are delaying the start of school to allow time for the storms to pass.
Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan also has reported a house fire started by a lightning strike. He also reported road flooding in the county and advises residents to be cautious while driving if they have to get out.
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At 5:35 a.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Lyman or miles northwest of Gulfport moving east at 7 mph. The severe thunderstorm warning is extended until 7 a.m. in Harrison County and also is in effect for Jackson County.
Some residents in Harrison County are experiencing power outages, according to the outage map provided by Mississippi Power.
A flash flood warning was issued about 6:15 a.m. for most of the three lower counties until 9:15 a.m. because of the severe thunderstorms moving through the area.
Three to four inches of rain already has fallen this morning and flash floods could begin shortly. Flash floods are expected in areas that include Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Long Beach, Diamondhead, St. Martin, D'Iberville, Gulf Hills, Saucier, Latimer, Lyman, Gulf Park Estates, Kiln and Gulfport Airport.
Golf ball-sized hail was seen a rotation was indicated on radar by the NWS.
Flying debris is possible and residents are advised to take shelter immediately.