PEARL – Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border at approximately 3 a.m., Thursday morning. The National Hurricane Center has since downgraded the cyclone to a tropical depression. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has numerous reports of street flooding in the southern part of the state but no major damage or injuries. MEMA is warning residents that this system could still present potentially dangerous flooding and severe storms including tornadoes.
“Even though Cindy has made landfall and is beginning to lose its strength, the threat to Mississippi is not over,” says MEMA Executive Director Lee Smithson. “Our focus continues to be on flooding issues not only for our coastal residents, but now our residents in north Mississippi, the delta and north Mississippi region. They could see large amounts of rainfall as the system shifts to the northeast in the coming days.”
Additional rainfall amounts of two to four inches with isolated amounts of eight inches over southern Mississippi, are expected through Friday morning. One to three inches of rain and flash flooding is forecasted for northwest Mississippi.
- Coastal flooding has been reported by Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties.
- Counties that have reported road closures due to flooding:
- George County
- Hancock County
- Harrison County
- Jackson County
- Jones County
- Pearl River County
- Numerous reports of trees down in South Mississippi and across the state.
MEMA is coordinating with all counties for possible needs.
- Distributed over 100,000 sandbags to the counties; Prepared to send more if requested.
- Swift and high water rescue teams are on standby.
- High water vehicles from the National Guard are on stand-by.
For up to date information on road closures please visit the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s website at www.mdottraffic.com or call 5-1-1.
The State Emergency Operations Center is monitoring conditions and requests for resources from counties.
MEMA will provide updates as information becomes available. The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter @msema.