TROPICAL STORM GORDON

MDOT crews respond to Tropical Storm Gordon

UPDATE – September 5, 8:00 a.m.

MDOT crews in South Mississippi have begun the process of re-installing all traffic signal controllers along U.S. Highway 90, raising the high-mast lighting systems along the Interstate 10 corridor and re-installing the traffic gates at the Wilkes Bridge (State Route 605), Ft. Bayou Bridge (State Route 609) and Interstate 110 draw span. MDOT will also re-open all drawbridges to marine traffic requiring a bridge opening.

As the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon move inland, MDOT reminds motorists to be aware of changing weather conditions and to monitor local forecasts and alerts. The storm still has the potential to produce heavy rain, high winds and flash flooding. For the most up-to-date travel conditions, visit MDOTtraffic.com

To follow MDOT’s preparation and response activities, click HERE. Link will be updated as new information is made available.

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Crews working to restore power to >10,500 meters following TS Gordon

Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall last night around 10:00 p.m., as a 70-mph storm. It crossed over land just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border and east of Pascagoula. 

As of this morning, Singing River Electric has just over 10,500 meters out throughout the service territory. The largest outages are in Jackson County (4,375), followed by George County (2,664) and Greene County (2,625). All crews are out working to restore service. Several contract crews reported this morning and helped increase the fleet and manpower.

 “We have additional crews on their way to assist in power restoration,” said general manager and CEO Brian Hughey. “Our goal as always is to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.” 

What to do after the storm:

For additional information and restoration updates:

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Curfew in place for City of Poplarville

Mayor Rossie Creel has instituted a city-wide curfew beginning tonight at 10:00pm and expiring tomorrow, September 5 at 6:00am. This night-time curfew applies to all citizens within the City of Poplarville with the exception of emergency personnel or those commuting to and from work.

Please be advised that Law Enforcement and First Responders will not attempt rescue or other lifesaving assistance after the onset of gale force winds. If you feel you will need assistance during the storm you MUST GO TO A SHELTER, SPECIAL NEEDS FACILITY, or MEDICAL FACILITY NOW before the onset of gale force winds.

Please remain indoors and shelter in place once the storm begins.  Please do not risk your safety or that of others. 

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Crews are prepared to restore power after Tropical Storm Gordon

Singing River Electric Cooperative has completed preparations for Tropical Storm Gordon. Trucks have been serviced, equipment has been relocated and help has been requested from neighboring electric co-ops crews.

 Gordon should make landfall tonight as a strong tropical storm or possibly, a Category 1 hurricane along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Outer bands of the storm are expected to arrive soon in our service area with winds as high as 60 MPH and with heavy rainfall and flash flooding.

 Here’s some things you should know:

  • Storm duties and areas have been assigned to crews. They are ready to respond to outages.
  • Servicemen and crews will continue to work this evening until conditions deteriorate, at which time they will be called in for their safety.
  • Crews will be dispatched early in the morning to assess damage and begin restorations. Our line crews will restore power as quickly and safety as possible, but members should be prepared to be without service.
  • If you are a member who has medical equipment that requires electricity, you should make sure you are at a location where there will be electricity, like a shelter that is equipped to deal with medical needs. www.mema.org
  • Take time now to download our SmartHub app. It is the fastest way to report an outage in seconds and view a live outage map. www.singingriver.com/smarthub/
  • Keep mobile phones and power banks fully charged. Keep refrigerator doors closed to keep food fresh if you lose power.
  • Visit our Storm Center for safety tips and outage and restoration information: www.singingriver.com/storm-and-outage
  • Stay up-to-date about the storm and restoration efforts on social media: www.facebook.com/singingriverelectric, www.instagram.com/singingriverelectric, and www.twitter.com/SRECooperative

Harrison County Issues Curfew – 7PM – 7AM

Harrison County will enact a curfew starting at 7PM Tuesday night lasting until 7AM Wednesday morning as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches Harrison County. Sheriff Troy Peterson and the Police Chiefs in Harrison County are concerned for the safety of motorists traveling in a tropical storm passing over the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Responders, Public Works and Road Department at the city, county and state level will be evaluating as the storm passes and will insure that it is safe to get the coast moving again.
Safety of our residents is paramount as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches.

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MDOT prepares for potential impacts of Tropical Storm Gordon

JACKSON, MISS. – As Tropical Storm Gordon continues to move into the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is preparing for the storm to make landfall along Mississippi’s coastal counties.

According to the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) most updated forecast, hurricane and tropical storm warnings are in effect for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The NHC forecast predicts Gordon to be a Category 1 storm (winds near 80 mph) at landfall late Tuesday night.

“What many people don’t realize is that MDOT crews are considered first responders when severe weather, including tropical storms and hurricanes, moves through the state,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “MDOT is on scene immediately after the storm passes to remove debris from affected roadways to clear a path for emergency, law enforcement and disaster relief personnel.”

MDOT is continuing to keep a close eye on the forecast models released by the NHC and the National Weather Service (NWS). MDOT is also working closely with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to prepare for Tropical Storm Gordon.

“MDOT crews in South Mississippi are using the NHC and NWS forecasts to make necessary preparations for Gordon’s potential impact to the Coast,” King said.

MDOT crews throughout South Mississippi began preparing for response efforts early this morning by coordinating supplies and traffic control trailers, gassing up vehicles and equipment, sharpening tools such as chainsaws, programming dynamic message sign (DMS) boards, staging equipment for quicker response times and securing active highway maintenance and construction projects.

Crews will also be lowering some high-mast lighting systems along the Interstate 10 corridor to prevent them from acting as sails and becoming projectiles during high winds. Additionally, sand removal crews will be on standby, with equipment ready, should sand removal efforts along U.S. Highway 90 be needed. 

MDOT Law Enforcement officers are also prepared and on standby to assist MDOT maintenance crews and local law enforcement with traffic control as needed.

Motorists should also be prepared to encounter congestion near drawbridges. There is potential for the drawbridges to be in use more frequently as marine vessels seek shelter.

“The weather is unpredictable. MDOT can only go by what the expert forecasts are saying,” said King. “MDOT crews will be ready to quickly respond to any and all impacts this storm brings to Mississippi.”

For more information about what you can do to prepare for hurricane conditions, visit GoMDOT.com/hurricanes.

 For information and tips on driving during severe weather, visit GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.

 For the most current traffic and travel conditions, visit MDOTtraffic.com and follow @MississippiDOT on Twitter.

Voluntary Evacuation for Hancock County

The Hancock County Emergency Management Agency in coordination with the Hancock County Board of Supervisors, and Cities of Bay St. Louis, Diamondhead , and Waveland have issued a Volunteer Evacuation Order Tuesday, September 4, 2018 12 noon. This evacuation is for all low lying areas, residents living on rivers, river inlets, bayou creeks, and in travel trailers, modular homes or mobile homes, homes under construction and or partially constructed homes.

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Gov. Bryant issues State of Emergency for Tropical Storm Gordon

PEARL – Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a State of Emergency and an Executive Order authorizing the use of the Mississippi National Guard as Tropical Storm Gordon advances to the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Guard has personnel in pre-positioned in the lower six counties of Mississippi.

The National Hurricane Center issued hurricane and storm surge warnings for the Mississippi Coast which means hurricane conditions are expected. The National Hurricane Center forecasts Gordon to be a Category 1 storm (winds near 80 mph) and 3-6 feet of storm surge above ground. Landfall is projected to be late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning.

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) was activated to Level 3 (partial with key state agencies) on Monday afternoon and moved to a full Level 2 activation at 7 a.m. this morning. The State Emergency Operations Center will run 24-hour operations, as long as necessary.

“Gordon will bring heavy rainfall and life-threatening storm surge to our coast, along with flash flooding and isolated tornadoes further north,” said Gov. Bryant. “All residents must take this storm seriously and act on the expertise of your local officials.”

Residents with questions about Gordon preparations on the coast can call the county emergency management offices:

• Hancock Co. 228-255-0942
• Harrison Co. 228-865-4002
• Jackson Co. 228-769-3111

A state of emergency is an administrative tool that authorizes the use of state resources to aid in storm response efforts.

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Harrison County signs local Proclamation of Emergency 

The Harrison County Board of Supervisor sign a .”Local Proclamation of Emergency”, this morning at the Regular Board of Supervisor Meeting. The Cities of Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, Biloxi and Diberville are also under Proclamation of Emergency. Governor Phil Bryant signed a State of Emergency for the 6 coastal counties as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

 This order help local government make necessary plans and actions for the “Protection of the citizens of Harrison County and the Great State of Mississippi.

Mississippi Department of Health – Preparedness and Safety Tips 

Hurricane readiness should begin before the storm hits. The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) advises residents to prepare now for Tropical Storm Gordon, so lives can be saved and illness prevented. For more information click here

Government Office Closures 

Hancock County – Click here

Shelters Opening

The following facilities will be opened as evacuation shelters on Tuesday, September 4:

Persons going to Evacuation shelters should bring food, medications, bedding and items needed for 24 hours.

State Medical Needs Shelter – The State Medical Needs Shelter, located at 1640 Coy Avenue in Wiggins, Opened at 1 p.m. Sept 4. For more info – Click here

Adams County – *Adams County Safe Room, 323 Liberty Rd, Natchez, MS – Opened 6:00 PM

Forrest County – *#Forrest County Safe Room, 946 Sullivan Dr., Hattiesburg, MS – Opened 4:00 PM

Hancock County – Click here
#Kiln Safe Room, 18324 Highway 43, Kiln, MS – Opened 10:00 AM

George County  – *Agricola Storm Shelter – 3161 Cooks Corner Rd
*Benndale Storm Shelter – 5207 Hwy 26W
Please bring food, water, blankets, pillows etc. that you will need.
More info – Click here

Greene County – Leakesville Jr High School, 620 Main St, Leakesville, MS – Opened 5:00 PM
Stateline Community Center, 41 Winchester St, State Line, MS – Opened 5:00 PM

Harrison County – #County Farm Hurricane Shelter – Opened 3PM today, September 4 for those residents that need to be secure from Tropical Storm Gordon. Shelter residents will need to bring necessary items of comfort for your stay. The Harrison County Department of Human Services and Red Cross
will manage this shelter during the storm. County Farm Hurricane Shelter is located at 15038 County Farm Road, Gulfport, MS 39503.
Coast Transit Authority can assist those with transportation to and from the shelter.
Contact 228-896-8080 to be added to the transportation list.
Safety of our residents is paramount as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches.

Jackson County – *Central Jackson County Safe Room, 5500 Ballpark Rd, Vancleave, MS – Opened Noon
*East Jackson County Safe Room, 18413 Hwy 613 Hurley, MS 39562 – Opened Noon

Stone County – Stone Elementary, 1652 East Central Avenue Wiggins, MS 39577 –  Opened 5:30 PM

*Accessible for persons with disabilities.
#Indicates facility has a collocated animal/pet shelter.

We ask the public and MDHS personnel to monitor our social media and website to stay informed concerning Tropical Storm Gordon. MDHS will be utilizing the following outlets: Social Media (via Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn), along with the MDHS website http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/

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Pet Preparedness and Evacuation
We love our pets – so please take disaster preparedness steps to ensure their safety during an emergency. MDHS has important info on protecting your pet during this time. Click here for more info.

***Sept. 3rd at 7PM – Warning Update***

Hurricane Warning issued for Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties.

Tropical Storm Warning for Forrest, Lamar, Marion, George, Greene, Perry, Pike, Stone, Pearl River and Walthall Counties

***News Release Sept. 3rd at 5PM***

MEMA Preparing for Tropical Storm Gordon

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is coordinating preparations for Tropical Storm Gordon that is expected to begin affecting the state Tuesday afternoon. Hurricane and storm surge warnings are in effect for Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties. MEMA has a liaison in each of the county emergency operations centers.

Tropical Storm Gordon formed off the west coast of Florida on Monday morning.  Gordon is expected increase to a Category One hurricane by landfall late Tuesday night, potentially bringing 80 mph winds and more than five inches of rain to south Mississippi.

MEMA reminds everyone about the importance of a family emergency plan and listen to the advice of your local officials.

“MEMA has been monitoring the development of Tropical Storm Gordon very closely and will continue to do so through landfall which is currently forecasted for some time late Tuesday night.  We anticipate Gordon will produce widespread and heavy rainfall along the coastal counties.  That rainfall combined with increased tidal surges are likely to result in localized flooding in the affected areas.  Residents in those affected counties should also be prepared for tropical storm force winds and conditions that will favor isolated tornado threats not only along coastal counties but for South Mississippi in general.” said MEMA Executive Director Greg Michel. “Stay tuned to your local weather and monitor all guidance from your local Emergency Management Agencies.  Be prepared by staying informed.”

Here is the latest information on Tropical Storm Gordon from the National Weather Service:

  • Tropical Storm Gordon should make landfall along the Mississippi Coast Tuesday night, and is expected to become a hurricane at that time. 
  • Greatest threat is heavy rainfall and flooding, along with hurricane-force winds which will impact much of South Mississippi and 3 to 5 feet of storm surge. 
  • People living in low lying areas should have a plan to evacuate if waters begin to rise.

 The State Emergency Operations Center has been activated and is monitoring conditions along with supplying requests for resources from counties.

MEMA will provide updates as information becomes available. The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter @msema.

 

School Closures

Jackson County School District – Closing Tuesday 9/4
Harrison County School District – Closing Tuesday 9/4, Wednesday 9/5
Biloxi Public School District – Closing Tuesday 9/4 
Pascagula -Gautier School District – Closing Tuesday 9/4 
Bay-Waveland School District – Closing Tuesday 9/4, Wednesday 9/5 

Pearl River County School District
Elementary School – Closing Tuesday 9/4 at 11:45 a.m.
Endeavor School – Closing Tuesday 9/4 at 11:45 a.m.
Middle School – Closing Tuesday 9/4 at 12:45 p.m.
High School  – Closing Tuesday 9/4  at 12:45 p.m.

Gulfport School District – Closing Tuesday 9/4 
Long Beach School District – Closing Tuesday 9/4 
Pass Christian School District – Closing Tuesday 9/4 
Moss Point School District – Closing Tuesday 9/4 
Poplarville School District – Closing Tuesday 9/4 at 12 p.m.
Stone County School District – Closing Tuesday 9/4 
George County School District – Closing Tuesday 9/4 at 12:30 p.m.

George County Schools – Tuesday and Wednesday

Hancock County Schools, Bay St. Louis – Tuesday and Wednesday – Click here for more info
Private schools – St. Stanislaus, Our Lady Academy, Holy Trinity – Tuesday, evaluation for Wednesday – Click here for more info

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Harrison County Self-Serve Sand Bag Locations:

  • Long Beach – Harbor @ Pavilion- Hwy 90
  • Gulfport – Courthouse Road Pier Parking Lot-Hwy 90
  • Harrison County Road Department – 10076 Lorraine Road (Hwy 605) Gulfport
  • Diberville – Harrison County District One Work Center-10085 Doris Deno/Rodriquez
  • Biloxi – Biloxi Fire Station # 9, 9370 Oaklawn Road
  • Biloxi – Popp Ferry Soccer Fields- 2150 Popp Ferry Road
  • Gulfport – Orange Grove Community Center – Dedeaux Road
  • Gulfport – Fire Station on  42nd Avenue
  • Gulfport – Intersection of Hewes Avenue and Glover Street 
  • Gulfport – District 2 Work Center 34th 
  • Biloxi-Harrison County – District 5 Work Center Old Woolmarket Road
  • Diberville – Under I110 at boat launch
  • Long Beach – Public Work Center
  • Pass Christian – Public Work Center, 2nd Street

Jackson County Self-Serve Sand Bag Locations:

  • Ocean Springs – West Division Roads Dept – N. Washington Ave. (Hwy 609)
  • Vancleave – Central Division Roads Dept. – 8500 Jim Ramsey Road
  • Moss Point – East Division Roads Dept – 10825 Hwy 63
  • Moss Point – Escatawpa VFD – 3801 Sentinel Drive
  • Moss Point – Behind Central Fire Station – 4204 Bellview St.
  • Pascagoula – Jackson County Fair Grounds Barn
  • Gautier – Behind City Hall – 3330 Hwy 90
  • Ocean Springs – Ocean Springs Public Works – 712 Pine Drive
  • St. Andrews Fire Dept – 1401 Elm Street
  • Fort Lake Fire Dept – 10701 Forts Lake Road

 Additional sites will be updated daily.