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Is Pascagoula going to be ground zero for Hurricane Nate?

A pickup driver navigates his way through the floodwaters from Hurricane Ike on Beach Boulevard in Pascagoula.
A pickup driver navigates his way through the floodwaters from Hurricane Ike on Beach Boulevard in Pascagoula. Sun Herald file

As Hurricane Nate continues to moves across the Gulf of Mexico, a shift in the storm’s cone could place a portion of the Mississippi Gulf Coast in its bullseye.

This morning people in Pascagoula awoke to the news that their city was projected as ground zero for Nate's landfall at about 10 p.m. Saturday.

Of course the model is changing.

Spokesman for the city, Frank Corder, said if the city gets the maximum 9-foot surge that's predicted, Beach Boulevard and as far inland as Washington Avenue would be underwater.

Many of the houses, rebuilt after Katrina in that area, are elevated.

He doesn't expect a problem with storm drains or sewers in the rest of the city.

He said because it's a fast-moving storm, they expect the city to be functioning again, within 3 or 4 hours. Crews will be out on the streets to help with any damage and clean up of streets and public property.

He said officials with the city will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday with local emergency management officials for an update.

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