Severe weather rips through parts of Mississippi

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - MEMA reports Thursday's severe weather left damage in at least nine counties.

In Gulfport, storms ripped off part of the roof at the Naval Seabee Base's old gym. Limbs piled up in front yards and blocked a part of Second Street in Pass Christian. In Jackson County, there was significant damage in the St. Andrews community, county-wide at least 15 homes were damaged.

In some areas, wind gusts reached 70 miles per hour. A trained weather spotter reported a tornado touching down in Bay St. Louis though the National Weather Service has yet to confirm any tornados. Along with the wind came hail, at least dime-sized in places like Biloxi.

Farther north, an Amtrak train headed from Chicago to New Orleans derailed in Pike County near McComb, after hitting a downed tree across the tracks. The train's engineer was injured and taken to a nearly hospital. No injuries were reported among the 200 passengers on board.

In Hernando, MEMA says at least one person was injured after lightening struck his home.

Though the severe weather didn't create the torrential floods and damage like last week's system, people, like Jeannie Burnam, say it was still enough to keep them on edge.

"I was praying. Oh I was praying Lord protect us and he did."

MDEQ is also advising people not to swim in certain areas of the beach.

In Bay St. Louis the advisory runs from Box Culvert to Ballantine Street.  In Waveland, it's near Vacation Lane from Oak Boulevard to Farve Street.

Further east, in Gulfport, the advisory starts at Alfonso Drive and heads east to Courthouse Road.

Also, an advisory issued on March 26th is still in effect. It's asking people not to swim in water from Teagarden Road to Anniston Avenue in Gulfport.

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