Tropical system in Gulf could dump rain over the weekend

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Cooler temperatures and lower humidity on Thursday morning will be giving way to hotter temperatures and more humid weather as a tropical system moves northward through the Gulf of Mexico.

“We started off with really nice conditions this morning with temperatures 8 to 10 degrees cooler than normal,” said WXXV Chief Meteorologist Rob Knight.

“But that will dramatically change over the next 24 hours.”

That’s because a tropical system, which is now Invest 92-L, could develop into a depression and dump 6-8 inches over the weekend, Knight said.

As of noon, the system carried winds of 30 mph and was moving north at 6 mph, indicating a path toward Port Arthur, Texas.

The system will bring rain into the forecast starting Friday, with a 100 percent chance of rain on Saturday.

As a precaution, sandbags are being made available for people who could experience flooding.

Sandbags are available at the following locations:

Gulfport

  • Orange Grove Community Center
  • The Fire Station on 42nd Avenue
  • The intersection of Hewes Avenue and Glover Street

Ocean Springs

  • Public Works at 712 Pine Drive

Hancock County

  • Hancock County Horse Arena, 4184 Kiln Delisle Road
  • Old Hancock County Complex, 3068 Longfellow Drive
  • Lakeshore Community Center, 6440 Lower Bay Road
  • Bayside Fire Department, 6215 West Hinds Street
  • West Hancock Fire Department, 16006 Washington Street
  • Diamondhead City Hall, 5000 Diamondhead Circle

 

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