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Very heavy to extreme rainfall across the Gulf Coast region Tuesday through Thursday. South Mississippi in the bulls-eye. Very heavy to extreme rainfall across the Gulf Coast region Tuesday through Thursday. South Mississippi in the bulls-eye.
Flash flooding will be possible across all of South Mississippi through Thursday due to the threat of very heavy rainfall. Flash flooding will be possible across all of South Mississippi through Thursday due to the threat of very heavy rainfall.
Coastal flooding could become an issue with strong onshore flow causing above-normal tides on Tuesday and Wednesday. Coastal flooding could become an issue with strong onshore flow causing above-normal tides on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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The disturbance in the Gulf is expected to become Tropical Storm Cindy later on Tuesday. It should remain a weak tropical storm, making landfall Thursday near TX/LA border. The disturbance in the Gulf is expected to become Tropical Storm Cindy later on Tuesday. It should remain a weak tropical storm, making landfall Thursday near TX/LA border.
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SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Here's an update from the First Alert Weather Team on Tuesday:

It's Alert Day Tuesday in South Mississippi due to the threat of very heavy rainfall that could cause flooding.

Even though it is not a tropical storm yet, a developing tropical disturbance, referred to on Tuesday morning as Potential Tropical Cyclone Three, will bring periods of very heavy rainfall to the WLOX area Tuesday through Thursday.

Rainfall forecast calls for widespread rain totals of four to eight inches. Isolated rain amounts greater than ten inches can't be ruled out.

"It's really that isolated ten inch plus that has us concerned," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "That much rainfall will instantly cause flooding issues. And unfortunately, it's impossible to know exactly where those extreme rainfall spots will set up until we see the rain continuing to fall very heavily on radar over the same spot."

Flash flooding will be possible and we could see rises on area rivers. Tides will also be up to two to four feet above normal, which could cause coastal flooding issues mainly for areas immediately along the east- and southeast-facing shoreline of Hancock County.

"Try not to get caught up in what the disturbance or system is called. Also, try not to get distracted by the forecast cone; even if the center of the storm is expected to make a landfall in Louisiana tomorrow, the worst rainfall will be well east of that right over coastal Alabama, Mississippi, and southeast Louisiana," Williams mentioned.

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