4:10 p.m. Update
The heaviest rainfall has pushed away, but we'll still see light to moderate showers throughout much of the evening. Rainfall totals have topped three inches across much of the Pine Belt.
Known Road Conditions:
Lamar County - Water reported over road at Westover Drive, Cambrooke Road, Purvis Oloh Road, and Rocky Branch Road as of 3:20 PM.
Jones County - Several roads flooded across the county as of 3:15 PM.
Marion County - Water reported flowing over Knoxo Columbia Road and several other roads remain underwater as of 3:30 PM. Hunt Road in the Kokomo Community washed out. Road conditions improving within Columbia city limits.
Covington County - Old Highway 49 at Orange Sanford Road and Crosby Road closed due to flooding as of 3:40 PM.
2:20 p.m. Update
Heavy rainfall continues to fall over already saturated grounds... Received reports of street flooding in several counties and a Flash Flood Warning continues for Forrest, Lamar, and Marion counties until 3:30 PM.
The severe weather threat has diminished across the Pine Belt as the leading edge of strong storms has pushed off to our east. Main threat will continue to be heavy rainfall which will continue for a few more hours as another band of heavy rainfall pushes in from the west.
12:20 p.m. Update
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Pearl River County until 1:15 PM. This includes areas in Pearl River County from Poplarville south to Picayune. Frequent lightning, quarter size hail, and winds in excess of 60 mph are possible.
Very heavy rainfall continues to fall and we are receiving some reports of minor street flooding across the area. The heaviest of the rainfall is pushing slowly northward into Wayne, Jones, Covington, and Jefferson Davis counties.
11:55 a.m. Update
A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Marion, Lamar, and Forrest counties. Here is the information issued directly from the National Weather Service.
WAVE OF MODERATE TO VERY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CONTINUE OVER THE WARNED AREA FOR THE NEXT THREE TO SIX HOURS...WITH AN ADDITIONAL TWO TO FOUR INCHES OF RAINFALL POSSIBLE.
RAINFALL AMOUNTS FROM TWO TO FOUR INCHES IN A HOUR CAN CAUSE FLOODING IN AND AROUND THE WESTERN PORTIONS OF HATTIESBURG IN NORTHEAST LAMAR COUNTY. SOME OF THE ROADS THAT FLOOD WITH THIS AMOUNT OF RAINFALL INCLUDE SAM RAYBURN ROAD...CLEARANCE RAY DRIVE...RUBY CIRCLE AND RAYBURN PLACE. IN ADDITION TO MANY OTHER LOCATIONS ALONG MIXON CREEK BEHIND TURTLE CREEK MALL.
ADDITIONALLY...STREET FLOODING HAS BEEN REPORTED IN THE CITY OF HATTIESBURG.
A Tornado Watch has also been issued from Pearl River until 3 PM, and Stone and George counties until 5 PM. Need to watch a line of strong storms that will likely impact areas from Pearl River county southward, by 12:30 to 1 PM.
11:20 a.m. Update
Heavy rain continues to fall this morning and we've surpassed the 1 inch mark in most spots. Could see upwards of 3+ inches of rain before it's all said and done!
As for the possibility of severe weather, the current thinking is areas from Marion to Greene counties, south, have the best shot through early afternoon. Severe storms are taking shape over LA, just to the east of Baton Rouge, and these will likely make it to our southern most counties into the early afternoon.
Current tornado watch only includes the 3 counties directly along the coast, but we may see the tornado watch extended slightly to the north to include our southern most counties shortly.
We are seeing some lightning embedded within the heavy rainfall across much of the area, but these storms have stayed below the severe threshold. More updates will be forthcoming.
Heavy rain and some severe weather is still on track to pass over the Pine Belt Saturday. There's potential for flooding, severe t-storms, and maybe even a few tornadoes. Rain will likely start around daybreak and continue into Saturday evening, but I'm thinking our potential severe weather will hold off until late morning or possibly even Saturday afternoon.
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