South Mississippi feeling early effects of tropical cyclone

Storm expected to make landfall just after midnight

South Mississippians woke up to a rainy morning as a tropical system moves through the Gulf of Mexico and bears down on Gulf Coast.

WXXV Chief Meteorologist Ron Knight said Tropical Cyclone 3 is moving north at 14 mph, heading for the Louisiana coastline. It is expected to make landfall about 1 a.m. Saturday near Thibodeaux, Louisiana, and drop lots of rain on our area.

The NHC forecasts rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches.

That puts South Mississippi under a tropical storm warning. Winds are expected to be 10-20 mph later today, increasing overnight as the storm heads toward landfall.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds are 35 mph. If it continues to strengthen, it will be Tropical Storm Claudette.

In addition, coastal flood watch is in effect until Saturday evening and South Mississippi is under a tropical storm warning.

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