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Thunderstorms flood roads, damage homes, businesses

The weather system that moved slowly over the Coast on Wednesday night damaged some buildings and caused some roads to flood, said Rupert Lacy, emergency manager in Harrison County.

Lacy said the roof was torn off of the shed of one business in Biloxi, and the weather caused roof damage to a home in Biloxi.

The heavy rains have caused low-lying areas to flood, including Klondyke and Commission Roads in Long Beach, 28th Street and O'Neal and Orange Grove roads in Gulfport.

"We're in a little reprieve with the rain right now, so some of that may go down," Lacy said this morning. "Anything that's near a creek or stream or that's in a low-lying area is having problems."

Residents should stay away from these areas and also should avoid U.S. 90.

The storm caused power outtages throughout the Coast, and Lacy said crews from Mississippi Power and Coast Electric worked through the night to restore power.

Lacy said officials from the National Weather Service will be on the Coast this morning to determine if there was a tornado in north Biloxi.

A flash flood warning is in effect until 4 p.m. today, and there is a 90 percent chance of rain today.

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