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Gov. Bryant, MEMA officials preparing for ‘worst Mississippi storm since Katrina’

Shrimp boats make their way into the industrial canal and Gulfport for safe harbor during hurricane Nate
Shrimp boats make their way into the industrial canal and Gulfport for safe harbor during hurricane Nate jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Gov. Phil. Bryant made a stop in Pascagoula on Saturday afternoon to brief emergency management personnel on Hurricane Nate, what he is calling a “very, very dangerous storm.”

“If you are living in a low-lying area that is known to flood, you have about four hours to get out,” Bryant said. “Highway 90 is going to be under water and we will begin closing it — this is a big, fast-moving storm.”

Hurricane Nate will be the third hurricane to hit the southern U.S. in a short period of time, as it comes on the heels of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Bryant said he has been assured federal assistance will be made available if needed.

“The first 72 hours is ours, but regardless of what happened in Houston or Florida, I’ve been assured FEMA will be here for us,” he said.

MEMA Executive Director Lee Smithson urged people to take the storm seriously.

“This is the worst storm to hit Mississippi since Katrina,” Smithson said.

Jackson County Emergency Management Director Earl Etheridge said a mandatory curfew has been set in place for Jackson County from 7 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. on Sunday.

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