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Planning on going out in Hancock County during the storm? Make other plans, sheriff says

Satellite imagery shows Hurricane Nate developing as it heads toward the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Satellite imagery shows Hurricane Nate developing as it heads toward the Mississippi Gulf Coast. National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Nate continues to strengthen as it rapidly makes its way across the Gulf of Mexico on a collision curse with South Mississippi. With high winds and a strong storm surge expected, safety is a major concern for Hancock County officials.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, along with the cities of Diamondhead, Bay St. Louis and Waveland have issued a mandatory curfew. The 12-hour curfew runs from 9 p.m. - 9 a.m.

“We’re doing this to try and keep people safe, especially at night,” Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Don Bass said. “There’s going to probably be a lot of water and we don’t want anyone to get hurt.”

Bass said those wanting to view potential damage from the storm on Sunday should also use caution.

“There’s probably going to be some flooded areas and there may be some downed power lines and people should really be careful about getting out too son to see if there was some damage.”

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