Rain continues on Gulf Coast

BY SUSAN KIM | JACKSON COUNTY, MS | August 6, 2002


Bertha -- by Tuesday a tropical depression -- continued to drop significant amounts of rainfall over southern Louisiana and Mississippi.

Localized amounts of rainfall of up to four inches Tuesday -- on top of eight inches the system already dropped Monday -- were forecast.

"We have had minor flooding in several coastal counties," said Amy Carruth, public information officer for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. "And rain is still falling."

At least 15 homes in Jackson County had water in them, added Carruth.

A tropical storm warning was issued Sunday night for parts of Mississippi and Louisiana after Bertha formed in the Gulf of Mexico. The warning ended by Monday afternoon but the system has been hanging over southern Louisiana and Mississippi since then.

Bertha’s maximum sustained winds were 40 mph – barely past the 39-mph minimum wind speed for tropical storms.

“Wind is not the biggest danger, rain and flooding are,” said Fred Toland, a field response specialist with the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

Bertha was the second tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

“Remember that August and September are the peak months of the hurricane season, and although it has been a very quiet year things could still get very rough – and that is the expectation,” said Toland.


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