Rains making for tense weekend in Central, South Miss.

May 2, 2013

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With rain still falling, residents in Central and South Mississippi are watching area rivers and creeks rise, prompting officials to issue numerous warnings and seemingly countless flood watches and advisories.

Large parts of Central Mississippi, the Pine Belt and Gulf Coast are at risk, and it could be really tense starting this weekend in Jackson and surrounding communities.

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for the Leaf, Chickasawhay, Tchoutacabouffa and Pascagoula rivers in Central and South Mississippi. The communities at risk stretch from Enterprise in Clarke Couty to D’Iberville in Harrison County.

All of these warnings are until further notice.

There is also a flood warning for the Big Black River near Bentonia. It is also until further notice.

The Coast also is under a flood warning along the Biloxi, Pascagoula and Pearl rivers and Hobolochitto Creek (both east and west.).

A rising Pearl River also threatens Philadelphia, Carthage and other communities.

Other flood warnings are out for the Buttahatchie River, Yockanookany River and Tuscolameta Creek.

For some residents of Jackson and Byram, the weekend could be disastrous. A flood warning has been issued beginning late Saturday night and continuing until further notice at Jackson. The forecast crest is 30.5 feet on Tuesday, which would back up Jackson creeks and put water under houses in Byram, according to the Weather Service.

Unfortunately, the rain keeps coming. Most of the region is expecting rain, possibly isolated thunderstorms, tonight and tomorrow. The Jackson area forecast has a chance of rain every day through next Thursday.

We saw what happened in Jackson County yesterday where torrential rains forced evacuations.

With communities from Aberdeen to Moss Point at risk, it seems likely will see more evacuations through early next week.

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