High tides brought on in South Mississippi thanks to remnants of Hurricane Patricia. (Photo source: WLOX News)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -
The rough weather conditions we've had over the weekend and into Monday brought in some much needed rainfall. But it also brought flooding and myriad of other problems.
The deluge moved into South Mississippi a little ahead of dropping an average of 2 to 5 inches of rain starting Sunday. Along with the rain, 40 to 50 mile per hour wind gusts, a tornado watch and high tides.
"All this rain is actually the remnants of Patricia that moved into parts of Mexico," said WLOX Chief Meteorologist Carrie Duncan.
And though Hurricane Patricia didn't arrive in South Mississippi as a hurricane she did cause quiet the mess.
"You have to think all of this water is essentially coming down on concrete. Even the soil is so dry because we're in a drought that it just runs off," Duncan added.
Jackson County picking up some of the highest amounts of rainfall. Drivers there had to be rescued from their vehicles after getting stuck in flood waters. Over in Saucier authorities said weather is partially to blame for one driver's death.
In Long Beach residents living in boats dealt with damage to their vessels and rough waters overnight. And Highway 90 covered in sand. Crews were out clearing what they could from the roadway. Still meteorologists said the coast needed the rain.
"Almost all of South Mississippi was in severe drought before all this rain came through, but still with this rain I know this burn ban has been lifted, we're still below average for the month and for the year," said Duncan.