Likelihood of a minimal hurricane brings coastal flood advisory

Coast emergency management officials are readying for what could be a minimal hurricane near the Coast by midweek.

This morning’s update from Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said Tropical Depression 14 could be Hurricane Michael, a category one storm, by late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

The National Weather Service issue a coastal flood advisory for the Coast and parts of south Louisiana Sunday afternoon. Parts of the Coast could have water one- to two-feet deep, the advisory said. The worst flooding probably will be during high tide Monday and Tuesday.

Lacy said Coast residents should expect higher than normal tides both days and less than two inches of rain if the storm follows the current track that would take it east of the Coast to the Florida Panhandle. But, he said, if that track shifts west, rainfall totals and winds could be higher.

The storm is expected to be far inland by Thursday morning.