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Watches, warnings in effect for South Mississippi (Updated 8:15 a.m.)

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning and a tornado watch for parts of South Mississippi.

The severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 7:45 a.m. for northern portions of Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties and a flash flood warning is in effect until 11:45 a.m. because of the storms.

The tornado watch is in effect until 8:30 a.m. for Hancock, Harrison and Pearl River counties.

Raven James, director of the Stone County Emergency Management Agency, said reports have come in of some trees that have fallen on houses.

No reports of tornadoes in that county, he said, but straight-line winds are causing problems.

South Mississippi can expect strong thunderstorms and gusty wind this morning, but the rain should diminish by this afternoon.

The Sun Herald will update this story throughout the day.