Feb 18, 2020 - Science

Heavy rain expected to pummel already-flooded Mississippi

This drone photo shows flooding on Feb. 15. Photo: Melvin Martin/Hardin County Fire Department, Savannah, Tennessee, via AP

More rain is expected to barrage Mississippi's already-flooded capital city of Jackson later on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The state of play: Heavy rain is projected to strike eastern Louisiana, central parts of Mississippi, Alabama and even into far western Georgia, the Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, predicts, per AP. As much as 2 inches is expected to fall rapidly in Mississippi, prompting flash flood warnings.

  • Jackson authorities have warned hundreds of residents not to return home until they receive the go-ahead from officials, AP writes.
  • Hundreds of homes and businesses were inundated with floodwaters, the Wall Street Journal notes, and many have been damaged as a result, per the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
  • Mississippi's Pearl River already crested at 36 feet on Monday, overflowing its banks throughout Jackson. Eleven river gauges showed moderate flooding, and 47 showed minor flooding in Mississippi and surrounding states, according to the National Weather Service flood gauge map cited by the Journal.

The big picture: The Southeastern region of the U.S. has seen more frequent and intense flooding in recent years, but this past winter has seen near-record rainfall, AP writes.

Go deeper: NOAA warns of "unprecedented flood season" across U.S.

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Mississippi's six-week abortion ban struck down by three-judge panel

Photo: OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked Mississippi's six-week abortion ban on Thursday, indicating the three-judge panel finds the law unconstitutional.

The state of play: The ruling upholds a lower court's May 2019 decision. The Fifth Circuit struck down a 15-week abortion ban in December passed in Mississippi last year.

Sanders projected to win Northern Mariana Islands Democratic caucus

A woman with an umbrella climbs steps on Mount Tapochau on Saipan Island, one of the Northern Mariana Islands, in the Pacific Ocean. Photo: Yuri Smityuk/TASS

Sen. Bernie Sanders is the projected winner of the Northern Mariana Islands caucus, AP reports.

Catch up quick: AP allocated 4 delegates to Sanders and 2 to former Vice President Joe Biden. Sanders' small win follows Biden's delegate haul across Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri and Idaho.

Democratic primary results: Biden projected to win Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri

Former Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks during a campaign rally in Detroit on March 9. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden is the projected winner in the Michigan, Mississippi, and Missouri presidential primaries, per AP. The news agency also projected early Wednesday that he won Idaho.

The big picture: Democratic voters in six states are choosing between Bernie Sanders' revolution or Joe Biden's so-called Return to Normal campaign, as the candidates compete for the party's presidential nomination and the chance to take on President Trump.

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