Thunderstorms bring flash floods, loss of power

Thunderstorms producing heavy rain moved through South Mississippi about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, bringing some flash flooding with the thunder and lightning.

Radar on showed a heavy cell of the storms moving southwest through the Coast, producing heavy rain with wind gusts up to 50 mph possible.

At 2:25 p.m., the National Weather Service issued another advisory that the storm was moving through Saucier, producing winds in excess of 40 mph. The storm was moving south toward Biloxi and Gulfport.

In a four-hour window from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., anywhere from 1 to 2 1/2 inches of rain fell in South Mississippi, according to the National Weather Service.

A power outage was reported in Bay St. Louis. Coast Electric confirmed the outage, but could not say how many households the outage affected. Power was restored by about 4 p.m.

Standing water was reported on U.S. 90 in Gulfport in front of Island View Casino, as well as in the area of Pass and Courthouse roads.

A check of the Mississippi Power outage map showed a few scattered outages. The largest outage was in Gulfport near Hewes Avenue.

AT&T cellular customers noticed a drop in service, but the company’s outage map showed no issues on the Coast. is working on an updated report.