Daylight is fading over the Mississippi Sound, with just hours left before the three coastal counties enact curfews before the approach of Hurricane Nate.
The three Coastal counties will begin to feel the effects between 10 or 11 p.m. as Nate moves toward the Mississippi Coast. The Category 2 hurricane is expected to make landfall between the Mississippi-Alabama line.
Public safety officials are still urging people who live on the beach, bayous or in flood-prone areas to leave now.
Many coastal stores have closed up shop, allowing their workers time to get home.
A few people were walking along the beaches before 5 p.m., and people on a sailboat off the shore in Hancock County became stranded.
“Do not delay getting off the roads,” Mississippi Highway Patrol Lt. Johnny Poulos said.
“The more people who wait until the last minute, the more they put themselves in danger trying to get to a safe place.”
A thunderstorm watch was issued in Moss Point earlier Saturday afternoon.
A strong line of thunderstorms have passed, bringing heavy rain and briefly flooding streets.