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Coast prepares for Hurricane Ida

By WLOX Staff

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency released a statement Sunday afternoon urging residents to pay close attention to Hurricane Ida's track.  At the time of the release, Ida was a Category 2 storm, with wind speeds topping 100 miles per hour. 

"Tropical systems that develop late in the season tend to be unpredictable," said MEMA Director Mike Womack.  "This storm has changed projected track and intensity frequently over the past few days.  The citizens in South and Central Mississippi should continue to monitor the weather over the next 24 hours to determine exactly how this storm will impact the state."

South Mississippi is taking no chances.  The coast has already started making preparations for the possible landfall of Hurricane Ida.

Hancock County's Emergency Management Agency is urging citizens in low-lying areas to take precautions.  Sandbags will be available to residents of Hancock County and its cities at the following locations Monday.

  • West Hancock Fire Department: 16006 Washington Street, Pearlington
  • Hancock County South Maintenance Barn: 6824 Lower Bay Road, Lakeshore
  • Hancock County Complex: 3068 Long Fellow Drive, Bay St. Louis

Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo said the city will have sandbags available to residents at the city yard on Gulfside Street starting at 3 p.m.

Port of Gulfport Director Don Allee told WLOX News port officials are monitoring the storm and have begun to take precautions such as moving some equipment from low lying areas.

Pass Christian Harbor Master Willie Davis said the city has issued a mandatory evacuation for boat owners in the harbor. Davis said owners must move boats by noon on Monday because coast draw bridges won't open once winds reach 35 mph.

Jackson County Supervisors are set to declare a State of Local Emergency in their meeting Monday Morning.  They're also preparing to open a shelter and hand out sandbags.  They're expected to release more details as they become available.

Here's how to contact your local Emergency Operations Center.

Hancock County

  • Emergency Management Agency: (228) 466-8320
  • Central Dispatch: (228)255-9191

Harrison County

  • EOC: (228) 865-4089 or (228) 865-4002

Jackson County

  • EOC: (228) 769-3063
  • River Stages: (228) 769-6508

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