SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The WLOX First Alert Weather Team continues to track severe storms moving through South Mississippi. A tornado warning in Jackson County just expired.
Jackson County School District Superintendent Dr. Barry Amacker said all schools went into tornado drill procedures, but no damage was reported and all students are safe. Students in the Pascagoula-Gautier School District also took cover.
Schools in Harrison County and Biloxi went into tornado drill procedures, but they have all returned to class. There are no reports of damage or injuries at any of those schools, but some construction materials were blown around near the Biloxi Jr. High School site.
The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down near Popp's Ferry Rd. in Biloxi. At 11:53 a.m., a possible tornado was also spotted right along or north of I-10 near Ocean Springs.
A tornado warning was issued for areas including Latimer, Vancleave, and Hurley until 12:30 p.m. An earlier warning for parts of Harrison County has been canceled. The severe thunderstorm warning continues for George and Green counties until 12:30 p.m.
Strong thunderstorms dropped dime-sized hailstones in Petal as well as downpours on I-59 in northern Pearl River County. A new cluster of thunderstorms developed over the northern Gulf on Thursday morning, just offshore of the Louisiana coast.
"Based on radar, it looks like this cluster may bring downpours and lightning to areas near Pearl River and Hancock counties, as well as other areas west of Highway 49, before noon Thursday as it moves in from the west," WLOX Meteorologist Wesley Williams said.
Any storms we see this morning or early afternoon would be considered as 'Round One.'
It may not all be over once 'Round One' of storms wraps up. A 'Round Two' of showers and storms may develop along a cold front this evening and move in from the west for Thursday night into early Friday.
"If South Mississippi doesn't get enough rain before the Round Two arrives, that could leave fuel for Thursday night's storms to become stronger," Williams said. "Just depends on how things play out on Thursday."
The WLOX First Alert Weather Team will also be keeping an eye out for isolated severe storms for our Alert Day Thursday. "South Mississippi's severe weather risk remains at a 'two' on a scale of 'one' up to 'five,'" said Williams. "And that means we should only expect an isolated severe threat in the WLOX area. Thankfully for South Mississippi, the worst threat should remain to our north near Louisville."
By the time the rain all ends early Friday, South Mississippi may see one to two inches of rainfall on the ground. Indeed, wet weather will be out of the picture for us by sunrise Friday, allowing for a dry beginning to Friday's festivities at the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration as well as a dry Friday tee time at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Dry weather continues into the weekend. But, another system is set to bring storms around Monday.
When will storms arrive for your location? Open your WLOX Weather App to find out!