100 evacuated in Mississippi as severe weather moves in

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says about 100 people have been evacuated in the Delta because of severe weather.

Lee Smithson says heavy rain Thursday has mostly passed the Delta, but the Gulf Coast could still receive up to 10 inches of rain and should expect some flooding.

He says coastal tides could be three feet above normal. Creeks were rising in the Jackson area.

Gov. Phil Bryant is mobilizing National Guard troops to help with high-water rescues around the state.

The severe weather is also hampering the search for two fishermen who went missing Wednesday on the Mississippi River.

Claiborne County Sheriff Frank Davis says search-and-rescue teams looked for the men Thursday but returned because of the heavy rain and floods. The search will continue Friday.