The wall of the underdeveloped eye of Hurricane Nate will likely made landfall on the Mississippi Coast Saturday night, bringing tropical storm-force winds and more rain across nearly every city on the Coast from Waveland to Pascagoula, officials say.
Nate’s maximum winds are 85 mph, the National Hurricane Center reports, and the center of circulation is nearing making landfall near Gulfport.
The storm surge is expected to be most alarming in Jackson County.
Jackson County Emergency Manager Earl Etheridge said he’s recorded a storm surge of 6 feet so far. If the surge rises two more feet, Etheridge said, homes can flood.
Thousands of residents across Mississippi are without power as the strongest part of Nate comes ashore.
Here’s everything you need to know about the storm.
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. 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 4-9 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.
The National Weather Service in New Orleans predicts Hurricane Nate will make landfall along the Louisiana or Mississippi Coast late Saturday night. Tropical storm-force winds may move into the area Saturday evening ahead of the storm.
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.
Harrison County has issued a mandatory beach closure and evuation of the beach areas south of the Sea Wall, as well as a mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas and flood-prone areas starting at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Hancock County cities of Bay St. Louis, Diamondhead and Waveland have issued a curfew beginning Saturday at 9 p.m. and ending Sunday at 9 a.m.
Harrison County issued a curfew for Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, Biloxi, D’Iberville and rural areas of Harrison County beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday.
Jackson County has issued a curfew beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday.
Sea Coast Echo reporter Dwayne Bremer is reporting street flooding in Jourdan River Shores in Kiln, off Harbor Drive in Lakeshore and on some parts of Blue Meadow Road in Bay St. Louis.
In Pass Christian, there has been some minor street flooding so far.
Several streets in Jackson County are impassable, in both unincorporated and municipal areas.
The Weather Channel reports a storm surge of about 3 feet in Waveland.
Wolf River above Gulfport affecting Harrison County
Flood warning from Sunday morning to Monday evening. At 9:45 a.m. Saturday, the stage was 3.2 feet.
Minor flooding is forecast.
Flood stage is 8.0 feet.
The forecast is for it to rise above flood stage overnight and continue to rise to near 10.0 feet by early Monday morning. The river will fall below flood stage by Monday early afternoon.
Biloxi River Near Lyman affecting Harrison County
A flood warning has been issued for the Biloxi River Near Lyman from Sunday morning to late Monday night.
At 9:45 a.m., Saturday the stage was 2.3 feet.
Minor flooding is forecast.
Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
The forecast is for it to rise above flood stage by tomorrow morning and continue to rise to near 15.0 feet by Sunday evening. The river will fall below flood stage by Monday evening.
Tchoutacabouffa River Above D'Iberville affecting Harrison County
A flood warning has been issued for the Tchoutacabouffa River Above D'Iberville from Sunday afternoon to Monday evening.
At 9:30 a.m., Saturday the stage was 2.3 feet.
Minor flooding is forecast.
Flood stage is 8.0 feet.
The forecast is for it to rise above flood stage by tomorrow and continue to rise to near 10.0 feet by early Monday morning. The
river will fall below flood stage by Monday early afternoon.
- 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.
- Kiln Shelter, Mississippi 603, at 7 a.m. on Saturday.
- Leetown Shelter, Hancock County, at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Special needs shelter:
- State Medical Needs Shelter, Coy Avenue, Wiggins
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.
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.
- 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.
- Edgewater Mall will be closed Saturday and reopen at noon Sunday, weather and power permitting.
- First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs has canceled Sunday services.
- First Baptist church in Biloxi has canceled Sunday services.
- Lowe’s is closing its stores at 4 p.m. Saturday
- 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.