Hurricane and Storm Surge Watch
A hurricane and storm surge watch are in effect for Hancock, Harrison, Jackson counties through Monday night into Wednesday of next week. A hurricane watch means hurricane force winds in excess of 74 mph are possible in 48 hours or less. These winds are strong enough to topple trees and cause power outages.
A storm surge watch means dangerous flooding near the coast, bays, harbors, and tidal rivers is possible in 48 hours or less due to a rise in tides brought on by high winds. Storm surge of 6-9 feet will be possible based on the current track and intensity forecasts for Hancock and Harrison counties. 4-6 ft for Jackson county.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the potential for 10-15 inches of rain that could lead to flash flooding and river flooding
Minor shifts in the track of the storm will have major impacts on where the greatest impacts will be. The latest forecast track shows a landfall is possible in either southeastern LA, South MS or as far east as the Florida Panhandle. A track further east would mean fewer impacts. A track over South MS or Southeastern LA would bring the greatest potential for high impacts.