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Hurricane Nate closes a lot of places in South Mississippi — but not Waffle House

Waffle House tries to stay open during hurricanes.
Waffle House tries to stay open during hurricanes. AP file photo

Scattered, covered, smothered, chunked, topped, diced — “How you take your hashbrowns?” the server asked Saturday morning at Waffle House in Bay St. Louis.

The Hancock County eatery was on a wait at 10:30 a.m. People were sitting along the windows, waiting for a table. The bar was full. The booths were full. The tables were filled with Waffles, eggs and bacon.

After all, Mississippians love their waffles, orange juice and cheese steak melts. One of the busiest Waffle House joints in the nation is right across the street from the Beau Rivage.

If there’s one thing that South Mississippi can rely on — even in the face of Hurricane Nate — is that Waffle House will remain open through the storm.

“We usually only close if it’s Category 4 or above,” the server said, noting that the windows are made to withstand hurricane-force winds.

While Nate is already bringing wind and rain to South Mississippi and while officials prepare for landfall overnight, the Waffle House Index is still green at the locations all across the Coast.

Waffle House will stay open despite curfews as long as the restaurants are in the green, so perhaps emergency personnel, journalists and police officers can have a hot meal during the the storm.

It takes a devastating storm like Katrina to shut down a Waffle House.

Only three of 46 Waffle House locations in Louisiana and Texas closed during Hurricane Harvey. They closed because of flooding, according to a report from Business Insider.

In fact, dozens of restaurants kept frying bacon as Harvey tore through Texas.

Here’s Fema’s Waffle House Index, via the Miami Herald:

Green

Waffle House is serving a full menu and the electricity is on

Yellow

Waffle House is serving a limited menu, implying low food supplies and the necessity of using generators

Red

Waffle house has closed, and “life as we once knew it has been reduced to chaos and entropy.”

Even though Waffle House is open, South Mississippians should take Hurricane Nate seriously and listen to the warnings, evacuations and curfews put in force by local authorities.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources had to rescue three people from a sinking sailboat in Hancock County Saturday afternoon.

Hurricane Nate is expected to make landfall overnight near the Mississippi-Alabama line.

Here’s everything you need to know about Nate on SunHerald.com.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @JustinMitchell_

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