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Hurricane Nate: What you need to know Friday

Brenda Kent of Hattiesburg jumps on her boat as she and her husband leave the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor on Friday to take the boat up river in advance of Tropical Storm Nate.
Brenda Kent of Hattiesburg jumps on her boat as she and her husband leave the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor on Friday to take the boat up river in advance of Tropical Storm Nate. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Hurricane Nate is entering the Gulf of Mexico Friday and South Mississippi is preparing for the storm that could potentially bring heavy rains and a storm surge of up to 10 feet.

The National Hurricane Center said at 10:30 p.m. that Nate had winds of 75 mph. Nate was moving north-northwest at 22 mph.

Nate is now projected to to reach the southernmost part of Louisiana Saturday night before shifting slightly east.

Gov. Phil Bryant said the state of emergency will activate the National Guard if needed, and he has spoken with FEMA about the storm expected to make landfall near South Mississippi overnight Saturday.

Hundreds of boats in area harbors are moving inland.

Coastal residents are being advised to stay off the roads if possible as the weather begins to deteriorate.

Hear National Weather Service New Orleans Meteorologist Tim Destry give the latest information on Tropical Storm Nate on the #ClarkCast Podcast.

Warnings

The entire Mississippi Gulf Coast is under a hurricane warning for Saturday night and Sunday, including the counties of Pearl River, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson. The National Hurricane Center issued the warning at 10 a.m. Friday. Parts of coastal Louisiana and Alabama are included in the warning.

The storm surge watch has also been upgraded to a storm surge warning. The expected storm surge is between 4-7 feet.

A state of emergency has been issued in Biloxi, Bay St. Louis, Jackson County and George County ahead of the storm.

Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties are under storm surge warnings ahead of Nate’s landfall.

Forecast

The NWS in New Orleans predicts Tropical Storm Nate will make landfall along the Gulf Coast early Sunday morning. Tropical storm-force winds may move into the area Saturday evening ahead of the storm.

Evacuations

Hancock County has issued a mandatory evacuation for residents in low lying areas beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Jackson County is recommending a voluntary evacuation effective Saturday morning for all residents in low-lying flood prone areas.

Biloxi, Pass Christian, and Long Beach have announced evacuations at their harbors. In Long Beach, the evacuation should be complete by 2 p.m. Saturday; the harbor will be closed to all traffic at 6 p.m. Saturday. In Ocean Springs, the harbor leaseholders are asked to make preparations for the storm by removing their boats from the harbor if possible as soon as they can. If removing is not an option at this time, it is essential that leaseholders make sure their vessels are secured well with adequate lines for a 7’ tide.

There is a mandatory evacuation of vessels at the D’Iberville Marina, officials said. Boats must be moved no later than 12 p.m. Saturday.

Flooding

The New Orleans area and Hancock County continue to be under a coastal flood advisory thanks to strong easterly winds.

“Already elevated tides will only increase this weekend and heavy rain is possible especially on the eastern half of the system,” the NWS warns.

State and local officials are warning people who live in mobile homes or homes in low-lying areas that have previously flooded to seek shelter.

Shelters

Harrison County:

  • D’Iberville High School, 15626 Lamey Bridge Road, at 2 p.m. Saturday
  • Saucier Lizana Rd 361 Shelter, 23771 Saucier Lizana Road, at 2 p.m. Saturday
  • County Farm 361 Shelter, 15038 County Farm Road, at 2 p.m. Saturday
  • Lobouy 361 Shelter in Pass Christian, 9509 Lobouy Road, at 2 p.m. Satuday
  • West Harrison High School, 10399 County Farm Road, at 2 p.m. Saturday

Register for a ride to a Harrison County shelter by calling the Coast Transit Authority at 228-896-8080.

Hancock County:

  • Kiln Shelter, Mississippi 603, at 7 a.m. on Saturday.
  • Leetown Shelter, Hancock County, at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

In George County, two shelters open at 4 p.m. Saturday and will be run by the American Red Cross and the Department of Human services. They are the Benndale Storm Shelter, 5207 U.S. 26 West; and Agricola Storm Shelter, 3161 Cooks Corner Road.

In Jackson County, three shelters will open at 8 a.m. Saturday. They are Central Jackson County Shelter; 5500 Ballpark Road; Vancleave (Pet shelter near Vancleave shelter); West Jackson County Shelter, 13000 Walker Road, St. Martin; East Jackson County Shelter, 18413 Hwy. 613, Hurley.

The Jackson County Animal Shelter will only be providing sheltering services to those residents that will be utilizing the three Jackson County American Red Cross 361 Emergency Shelters. Animal Shelter staff will be available at each of the sites to take pets to a designated pet shelter. Animals must be in a cage, kennel or crate.

Traffic

No traffic warnings or street closings have been issued. The construction cones on I-10 in Jackson County will remain in place during the storm.

Closures

  • Gulfport Music Festival was compressed into one day on Friday at Jones Park in Gulfport. Ludacris, originally scheduled to perform Saturday, will perform Friday night after 3 Doors Down.
  • CTA will not offer any bus services on Sunday and will stop bus services at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • Pascagoula River Audubon Center is canceling all programming this weekend. Will reopen for Toddler on Tuesday.
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore officials will close all of areas of the national seashore including all Mississippi Islands to the public.
  • St. James Fall Festival at the church on Cowan Road in Gulfport is postponed until next weekend.
  • The Catholic Diocese of Biloxi’s 2017 Rosary Rally, scheduled for Sunday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Pass Christian, has been canceled.​​
  • The Lighthouse Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday at the Biloxi Visitors Center is canceled.
  • Zonta Arts & Crafts Festival in downtown Pascagoula will be postponed. The 40th Annual Day in the Plaza will be Oct. 28.
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Fall Festival and blessing of the pets, scheduled for this Saturday, has been postponed until Oct. 21. It will still run 1-4 p.m. in Bayou View Park, Gulfport.
  • The Gulf Coast Italian American Cultural Society annual Columbus Dinner set for Monday has been canceled.
  • The de l’Epee Deaf Center in Gulfport has rescheduled its Spooktacular event to Oct. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • The Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs is closed until Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m.
  • The Humane Society of South Mississippi will close Saturday to evacuate the shelter and make room for anticipated strays.
  • The Jackson county Animal Shelter closed at noon Friday and will remain closed Saturday.
  • Sunday morning services at First United Methodist Church of Gulfport and all Sunday activities are canceled, including C.L.I.C.K & the Youth Cohort gathering.
  • Harrison County Soccer Field Tournament on County Farm Road are canceled for Saturday and Sunday.
  • Football Games on County Football Fields should conclude by 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • Events at Harrison County buildings, civic centers, seniors centers should be concluded and secured by 7 p.m. Saturday.
  • Long Beach Schools will be closed on Monday.
  • The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 2004 Pass Road, Biloxi, will postpone Sunday’s Divine Worship Service until Monday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m.

Sandbags

Sandbags are available at these locations:

Harrison County locations

  • Lorraine Road Work Center, Mississippi 605, Gulfport
  • Woolmarket Work Center, Mississippi 67
  • D’Iberville Work Center, First Avenue/Rodriguez Street, D’Iberville
  • North Gulfport Work Center, Gulfport
  • Lyman Work Center, County Farm Road, Gulfport
  • Long Beach Work Center, Seal Avenue, Long Beach
  • Long Beach Harbor parking lot, Long Beach
  • Courthouse Road parking lot at Ken Combs Pier, Gulfport

Biloxi locations

  • Biloxi Fire Station 8, 8479 Woolmarket Road instead of Station 9 on Oaklawn Road. Cavalier Park, 2059 Lawrence St.
  • Popp’s Ferry Recreational Soccer Fields, 2150 Popp’s Ferry Road.
  • Todd Migues Park, 425 Parker St.
  • Each site has shovels available for use.

City of Gulfport

  • Gulfport Public Works Center, Hewes Avenue, Gulfport
  • Orange Grove Community Center, Dedeaux Road, Gulfport
  • Fire Station #2-42nd Ave, west Gulfport

City Of Biloxi

  • 2059 Lawrence St.
  • Cavalier Park
  • 2150 Popp’s Ferry Road
  • Biloxi Soccer Fields/Dog Park
  • 9370 Oaklawn Road
  • Station 9 Barthes-Sentel Fire Station

Hancock County Locations

  • Hancock County Horse Arena, 4184 Kiln/Delisle Road
  • Old Hancock County Complex, 3068 Longfellow Drive
  • Lakeshore Community Center, 6440 Lower Bay Road
  • Diamondhead City Hall
  • Bayside Fire Department, 6215 West Hinds St.
  • West Hancock Fire Department, 16006 Washington St.

Jackson County locations

  • West Division Roads Department, N. Washington Avenue in St. Martin
  • East Division Roads Department, 10825 Mississippi 63 in Moss Point
  • Central Division Roads Department, 8500 Jim Ramsey Road in Vancleave
  • St. Andrews Fire Department, 1401 Elm St. in Ocean Springs
  • Escatawpa Volunteer Fire Department, 3801 Sentinel Drive in Moss Point
  • Gautier City Hall, 3330 U.S. 90
  • Moss Point Central Fire Station, 4204 Bellview Avenue
  • Ocean Springs Public Works Department, 712 Pine Drive
  • Pascagoula Recycling Center, 4011 14th Street
  • Forts Lake Fire Department, 10701 Forts Lake Road in Moss Point

Pearl River County

Sandbags will be available beginning 8 a.m. Saturday.

  • Pine Grove Fire Station 2 located on Liberty Road
  • Nicholson Fire Station 1 located on Highway 11
  • Emergency Operations Center (Old National Guard Armory) located at the crossroads of Highway 26 and Highway 11 in Poplarville.

Sandbags will also still be available within the city of Picayune

  • The First Pentecostal Church located in the Westchester Subdivision
  • First United Methodist Church parking lot on North Haugh Avenue
  • The Mildred Mitchell Park on Highway 43 North
  • Pine Wood Drive on the west side of the city; and 10 sandbags per household at the City Barn located at 203 Stephen’s St.

If you are elderly, handicapped, or shut-in, sandbags can be delivered by calling 601-799-0602 before 5:30 p.m. or by calling 601-798-7411 after 5:30 p.m.

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