Tropical Storm Isaac's effects are being felt still over Louisiana, but now Mississippi is getting in on the action.
Wednesday evening reports indicated trees and power lines down all over Brookhaven, completely blocking roads throughout the city.
Trees and power lines were being blown down by strong winds, including in both Hattiesburg and Petal.
Trees are also being blown down across Jones County including at 5th Ave in Laurel, Highway 84 near Hebron, and Highway 29 north of Ellisville. Laurel Police reporst the Teresa Street railroad underpass in Laurel is flooded and closed.
The heavy rain is spreading north into our area of East Mississippi. Torrential rains could contribute to flash flooding. Areas south and southwest of Meridian could experience tropical storm force wind gusts. Some gusts of tropical storm intensity have been reported in Hattiesburg. In Meridian winds will likely be in the 25-30 mph range, while gusts could be upwards of around 35-40 mph. North and east of Meridian, impacts likely will be considerably less. Heavy rain soaking the ground can weaken the ground's hold on trees, and the wind will be able to blow down trees even in our area.
Tornadoes are also a threat as the rain bands from Tropical Storm Isaac spiral across the top of us. A Tornado Watch is in effect for much of our area and likely will be extended in time and expanded in coverage. For more on local watches and warnings, click "weather" at the top of this page.