COASTAL RESIDENTS AND VISITORS NEED TO BE AWARE OF POTENTIAL TROPICAL WEATHER

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, along with the emergency managers of Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties, want all residents and visitors going to the coast this weekend to be aware of the possibility of tropical weather moving in.

During a conference call this morning with MEMA and the Governor’s office, county officials said they are anticipating large crowds along the coast from events like “Cruzin the Coast” and other festivals.

“We know there will be a lot of out-of-towners headed to the coast this weekend that may not be experienced with tropical weather preparedness.” said MEMA Director Robert Latham. “We want to make sure everyone takes proper precautions before they set up any type of equipment like tents and campers. It doesn’t take much wind to lift those type things.”

The National Hurricane Center is watching a tropical system that is moving close to the Yucatan Peninsula and forecast to move into the southern Gulf of Mexico. A Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to fly into the system this afternoon to provide detailed information about development.

MEMA will post updates as necessary on our website, www.msema.org, as well as our Twitter, Facebook and mobile phone app.

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