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Rain at Least Through the Weekend, Brief Tornado Confirmed, Flood Shelter Opens

COLUMBUS, Miss.–Heavy rain caused flooding in Lowndes County Tuesday, forcing people to leave their homes. A shelter has opened for people who were forced out because of water and power outages.

The shelter, which is being operated by the Red Cross, is at the Southside Baptist Church in Columbus.

Meanwhile a brief tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service survey team out of Jackson Tuesday. The tornado happened Monday evening about 7 in Hinds County, near Byram. It was rated an EF-0, with winds at about 85 mph.

The twister was on the ground for about six miles and was about 25 yards wide, damaging trees and surprising people who live in the area.

No one was hurt.

MARK McALLISTER, NWS, TALKS ABOUT THE TORNADO AND FLOODING

Rain will continue into the weekend. Some people will get a break in the overnight hours, but showers and storms are expected to fire back up during the day, every day.

The Mississippi coast is of particular concern because the ground is already saturated. There is a flash flood watch in effect.

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