Weather Service issues flash flood watch

The National Weather Service has placed Biloxi and the surrounding coastal areas under a flash flood watch from noon Thursday to noon Friday because of heavy rainfall expected Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

The weather service reported that a potent storm system will impact the Coast Thursday and early Friday, and moisture from the Gulf and a warm front will cause rainfall Thursday, with a slow-moving cold front causing heavier rainfall Thursday night and Friday morning.

Local emergency managers reports that weather models show that as much as 3 to 5 inches of rainfall may occur.

To read the National Weather Service advisory, click here.

To see real-time, online radar, from radar sites spanning the Gulf of Mexico, click here.

Police: Report suspicious activity in neighborhoods

Biloxi Police Chief Bruce Dunagan is asking residents to report any suspicious activity witnessed in their neighborhoods, in the wake of police investigating individuals canvassing neighborhoods as door-to-door salesmen.

Dunagan said police this afternoon questioned two individuals in a north Biloxi neighborhood after residents reported suspicious activity.

“Upon investigation, our officers found that one of these individuals had been charged with burglary in the past and another had been charged with grand larceny,” Dunagan said. “The bottom line is that we’re asking the public to be pro-active. When they see suspicious individuals going door to door, call us and let us check it out. We’ll verify if they have the proper licenses to be doing this type of business in our city.”

The police department can be reached at 435-6103.

News and notes

Mayoral address: The annual State of the City address will take place Monday, Feb. 12 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. The Biloxi Bay Chamber, which sponsors the luncheon, is expected to announce ticket information shortly. To read last year’s address, click here.

Debris update: City debris crews hauled nearly 6,500 cubic yards of debris in December. To see the latest figures, which were released this afternoon by debris czar Jonathan Kiser, click here.

Council meeting: The Biloxi City Council has called a special meeting for Jan. 16 to discuss the Reviving the Renaissance initiative and affordable housing. The meeting will begin after the council’s 1:30 meeting that afternoon.