Waterspout seen near Pascagoula

Waterspout seen near Pascagoula

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - A waterspout was seen near Pascagoula on Thursday morning. A photo containing what appeared to be a waterspout was sent to WLOX around 10 a.m. from the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery area.

"It doesn't take much for coastal storms to spin up a brief and weak waterspout when there is so much tropical moisture," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "Looks like that may have happened this morning along the Jackson County coast."

South Mississippi and the adjacent coastal waters could see funnels and waterspouts mainly on Thursday morning, according to a statement issued by the National Weather Service based in Slidell, LA.

"These [funnels and waterspouts] typically are short-lived and do not cause damage," the NWS statement mentioned.

"South Mississippi will hold on to increased rain chances until a cold front passes on Friday morning," Williams said. "Expect showers and thunderstorms to continue across parts of our area until then. Severe, damaging, weather is not expected to be an issue at this time for us with this front."

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