Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacey has issued a mandatory evacuation for low-lying and flood-prone areas of Harrison County. The evacuation starts at 2 p.m.
An immediate mandatory evactuation and closure of the beach was also issued, as well as a curfew for Harrison County from Saturday at 7 p.m. until Sunday at 9 a.m.
“The Mississippi Gulf Coast should start seeing tropical storm-level wind gusts sometime this afternoon and conditions will start to deteriorate,” said National Weather Service New Orleans Meteorologist Danielle Manning. “The storm will really get going sometime before midnight.”
Lacey said the Cost can expect hurricane-force winds sooner than later.
“The tropical storm winds will be moving in pretty soon and we will see hurricane-force winds well before midnight,” Lacey said.