Harrison County

Boatloads of bananas and pineapples are idling in the Gulf because of Nate

Roof damage to an East Pier transit shed was about the worst Nate did at the state Port of Gulfport. The restored and expanded West Pier held up well under about 10 feet of surge, officials say.
Roof damage to an East Pier transit shed was about the worst Nate did at the state Port of Gulfport. The restored and expanded West Pier held up well under about 10 feet of surge, officials say.

Boatloads of bananas and pineapples are idling in the Gulf of Mexico as Dole and Chiquita await clearance to use the Gulfport Ship Channel in the Mississippi Sound.

Both the ports of Gulfport and Pascagoula are closed until the U.S. Coast Guard finishes checking ship channels for obstructions after Hurricane Nate’s eye passed over Gulfport on Saturday.

Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the state Port of Gulfport, said he expects the port will reopen later today, with some restrictions.

He said damage at the port was limited to debris on the West Pier and minor damage to the roof of a transit shed on the East Pier that is rented by McDermott International.

Wind and rain from Hurricane Nate blow in Biloxi as the storm's eyewall comes ashore.

Daniels estimates the port had 10 feet of storm surge.

At the Port of Pascagoula, damages are still being assessed. But Betty Ann White, manager of government and public relations, said no major damage has been found.

After Hurricane Nate scattered the pumpkins from Trinity Episcopal Church's annual fundraiser, a church spokesman said come and get 'em.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99

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