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Friday’s weather: What you need to know

Harrison Central High students head for the buses after being dismissed early due to weather on Thursday, August 11, 2016, in Harrison County.
Harrison Central High students head for the buses after being dismissed early due to weather on Thursday, August 11, 2016, in Harrison County. amccoy@sunherald.com

South Mississippi awoke wet all over Friday morning, as heavy rains continue to deluge roads from Waveland to Pascagoula.

Heavy rain is expected to continue today with a flash flood watch in effect until Saturday morning.

Water could inundate roads and snarl traffic, and severe weather is possible.

Here is everything you need to know about today’s storm:

Latest forecast

An additional 3 to 6 inches is forecast for South Mississippi on Friday. A flash flood warning also is in effect.

Traffic

Ponding in low-lying areas already has begun. Drivers should proceed with caution. Do not drive through flooded areas.

Drivers should use caution when traveling down Beatline Road, especially near the intersection of 28th Street. Long Beach police said 28th Street is closed off at Klondyke Road.

Flooding

A flash-flood warning was issued about 6:40 a.m. for the southwestern portion of Jackson County and central Harrison County.

Affected areas include Long Beach, Pass Christian, Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, St. Martin, D’Iberville, Gulf Hills, Latimer, Lyman and Vancleave.

Additionally, a flood advisory was issued for the southern part of Hancock County, which includes Bay St. Louis, Waveland and Diamondhead.

River stages

The Biloxi River near Lyman was at 13.4 feet at 11 a.m. Friday. Flood stage is 12 feet. Minor flooding already is occurring and the crest is expected to hit 14 feet by midnight Saturday.

The Biloxi is expected to fall below flood stage after midnight Saturday.

School closures

It’s business as usual for schools who have all decided to hold regular school hours. The Sun Herald will update you about any schools that decide to let out early Friday.

Other closures or cancelations

The Salvation Army Cold Weather Shelter in Gulfport will be open at 4 p.m. Friday due to rainy weather. Dinner and breakfast will be served.

The Salvation Army also is asking for volunteers to help staff the shelter. Anyone interested can sign up on the Salvation Army website.

Power outages

No power outages had been reported as of 6:30 a.m.

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