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