When Hurricane Nate’s winds reach 60 mph, you’re on your own in case of emergency, Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said.
“If it’s a lifesaving matter, we will do what we can, but it will be a case-by-case basis,” Lacy said. Nate officially made landfall on the southeastern tip of Louisiana around 7 p.m. and is headed for the Mississippi Coast, The Weather Channel reports.
“Once the winds hit 60 mph, all our first responders will shelter in place until it’s safe for them to get out. It’s for their own safety.”
That applies not only in the rural areas but also in Biloxi, Gulfport, D’Iberville, Long Beach and Pass Christian, he said.
National Guardsmen have been stationed along the beach across the county to enforce the curfew, Lacy said.
“When the wind gets too rough, the MPs (military police) will come inside,” he said.
The Weather Channel reports Biloxi could start to see severe weather around 8 p.m.
Gulfport police closed Jones Park and the Courthouse Pier just before 6 p.m.
There were a few stragglers across the county’s 22-mile stretch of beach before nightfall, watching the white caps and crashing waves that aren’t the norm for the shallow Mississippi Sound unless there’s a storm.
A curfew went in effect in Harrison and Jackson counties at 7 p.m. Saturday. The curfew will lift at 9 a.m. Sunday.
Hancock County’s curfew starts at 9 p.m. and ends at 9 a.m. Sunday.
Biloxi officials sounded the city’s sirens at 7 p.m. Saturday to remind residents and visitors of Hurricane Nate’s approach.
Police and deputies around the county and in neighboring counties have been on duty for hours already and firefighter and ambulance crews are fully staffed.