South MS prepares for Karen & thousands of cruisers

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Will Tropical Storm Karen crash South Mississippi's largest block party? That is what organizers of Cruisin The Coast are wondering. The eight day classic car event kicks off this weekend while the coast is under a hurricane watch.

In a few days, thousands of classic cars will be rolling down Highway 90 for Crusin' The Coast. Cruisin' officials said while they've started doing some preparations, they're holding off on some of the major setup until they see what direction Karen takes.

Amy Murphy and her family drove over from Alabama to enjoy their first Cruisin' the Coast.

"We actually just heard a lot of good things about it. It's very interesting," said Murphy. "All different kinds of year models."

Over at the Cruisin' headquarters in Biloxi, volunteers loaded up supplies to be taken to the various Cruisin' locations. However, officials said they are purposely taking their time setting up at sites, including Cruise Central at Centennial Plaza in Gulfport.

Executive Director Woody Bailey said, "At Cruise Central we were in the process of putting our tents up when our tent supplier felt more comfortable with the threat of the wind to drop the tents down and wait until the winds subside. Then he'll get them back up very quickly."

Organizers said the good news is Cruisin' is an eight day block party. Once the weather blows through, the party can continue. When the skies clear, they also know they'll be in a mad rush.

"We are missing a day or two that we would be doing a lot of serious preparation. But we're going to condense that preparation and hopefully be ready for all the activities," said Bailey. "We'll just have to see how Mother Nature treats Cruisin' the Coast this year and the Gulf Coast."

Murphy and her family plan to stay in campers on Highway 90. I asked her if heavy rain and hurricane strength winds were a concern.

"If it gets too bad, we wouldn't be here. We've just got to be patient and see what God's got going on," said Murphy

Cruisin the Coast officials are asking people to follow their website, , and Facebook pages closely for updates on any changes in the events schedules.

Highway 90 can become dangerous to drivers after wind storms because of the large amount of sand. MDOT officials said they say they will have crews on standby to start removing sand as soon as it is safe to do so.

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