SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - It was just after midnight. Emergency alarms sounded. The National Weather Service detected rotation inside a severe thunderstorm racing through Harrison County. The winds picked up. Lightning lit up the sky. Thunder rumbled. Rain poured down. But, a tornado never made it to the ground. That's the early indication from Harrison County's emergency operations director.
When WLOX News Now talked with Rupert Lacy at 5:30 a.m., he said tree limbs snapped, a few trees toppled over, people lost power, and cars crashed into each other. But, his crews have found no tornado damage across Harrison County.
In the next hour, the skies will lighten. And Lacy's response teams will get a better chance to canvas the coast and determine how Harrison County fared during the overnight storm.