Boats evacuate Biloxi harbors to escape Tropical Storm Gordon
As Tropical Storm Gordon heads for South Mississippi on Tuesday, most Mississippi Coast school districts and college campuses in South Mississippi announced closures and canceled classes.
Gordon is forecast to make landfall near Biloxi and Gulfport on Tuesday night as a Category 1 hurricane. Harrison County has ordered a curfew from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday. Gulfport has ordered a curfew from 7 p.m. until further notice. Poplarville has a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Bay St. Louis-Waveland schools will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Harrison County schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Pass Christian schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Ocean Springs schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Pascagoula-Gautier schools will have a 60 percent day Tuesday, closed Wednesday.
Jackson County schools are closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
George County schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Hancock County schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Gulfport schools are closed on Tuesday, no decision yet on Wednesday.
Long Beach schools are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Biloxi schools are closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Picayune School District had regular classes Tuesday, and will close Wednesday.
Poplarville schools are closing at 1 p.m. Tuesday and all day Wednesday.
Moss Point schools closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Coast Catholic schools — part of the Biloxi diocese — are closed Tuesday and Wednesday. There was a 60 percent day Tuesday for students who attend St. Charles Borromeo in Picayune and Sacred Heart in Hattiesburg.
University of Southern Mississippi closed its Gulf Coast campus Tuesday and Wednesday. The Hattiesburg campus will close at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and all day Wednesday.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College closed all of its campuses at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and all day Wednesday.
Pearl River Community College will close at noon Tuesday and remain closed Wednesday. Dorms will remain open.
William Carey University is closing the Tradition campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, reopening Thursday.
Many traffic lights in Harrison County have been changed to flashing yellow or red lights. Treat red light-only intersections and intersections without power as a four-way stop.
Bayou Portage Bridge is closed to marine traffic in Harrison County.
All parks and Mississippi islands in the Gulf Islands National Seashore are closed until further notice.
Coast casinos will close by 5 p.m. Tuesday. The hotels can remain open to guests.
Edgewater Mall in Biloxi will close at 3 p.m. Tuesday and will reopen with regular hours Wednesday.
Gulfport Premium Outlets in Gulfport will close at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
The Salvation Army Kroc Center will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. It will reopen on Thursday.
The District 110 Town Hall meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources public hearing scheduled for Wednesday has been rescheduled to Sept. 11.
MDOT will close drawbridges for marine traffic at 1:30 p.m. and will begin removal of traffic gates on Wilkes Bridge on Mississippi 605, Ft. Bayou Bridge on Mississippi 609 and the I-10 drawbridge.
- Ingalls Shipbuilding canceled second and third shifts for Tuesday and first shift on Wednesday..
Singing River Healthplex will close at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Keesler Federal will close all branches in five South Mississippi counties — Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, Stone and Pearl River — as well as locations in Louisiana at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Additionally, the three Keesler Federal branches in the Hattiesburg market will close at 3 p.m.
Harrison County government offices are closing at 1 p.m. Tuesday and will reopen at noon on Wednesday.
Biloxi nonemergency offices close at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Delayed opening expected Wednesday.
Jackson County offices close at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
All branches of Singing River Federal Credit Union will close at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
The board meeting Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday.
NASA’s Stennis Space Center will close today at 2 p.m.
Coast Transit Authority (CTA) will discontinue regularly scheduled fixed route bus service at 6 p.m. Tuesday until 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Keesler Air Force Base and 403rd Wing authorized early release for nonessential personnel by no later than 2 p.m. Tuesday. The commissary and exchange close at 4 p.m.
Outpatient appointments at Veterans at the Biloxi VA Medical Center are canceled through noon Wednesday and will be rescheduled.
Biloxi and Mobile VA Outpatient Clinic operations will resume at noon Wednesday. TRICARE beneficiaries anywhere in Louisiana and in parts of Alabama and Mississippi may receive emergency prescription refills until Oct. 3 should they need them as a result of Tropical Storm Gordon.
- Harrison County Utility Authority has regular Tuesday service. Wednesday service is canceled.
Waste Management has canceled residential service for Wednesday, and all services will be moved back a day. Garbage and recycling will be affected in Bay St. Louis, Waveland, Diamondhead, Pass Christian, Long Beach, Biloxi, D’Iberville, and Hancock and Harrison counties. Garbage will be affected in Wiggins, Leakesville and Poplarville. Garbage, recycling and bulk waste will be affected in Jackson County and Moss Point.
- In Gulfport, Waste Pro will start collecting garbage, trash or recycling for Wards 6 and 7 at 8 a.m. Wednesday instead of the normal time.
- George County has canceled Wednesday service and will operate a day behind starting Thursday.
- The State of the County address for Hancock County has been rescheduled to Sept. 13.
- The Bay St. Louis City Council meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
- D’lberville City Council meeting has been moved to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday
Jackson County supervisors’ budget hearing will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the General Services complex, 2915 Canty St., Pascagoula
- The Biloxi City Council meeting has been rescheduled for Friday at 5:30 p.m.
- Breakfast with Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has been moved to 8 a.m. on Sept. 27 at Golden Nugget Casino Biloxi.