Jackson County officials remain calm as Karen approaches land

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - In a room full of Jackson County Emergency management officials, all on high-alert, National Weather Service officials briefed them on the status of Tropical Storm Karen. At the end, the only decision made was not to make a decision, yet.

"At this time we just don't have enough information on the impacts we're looking from Jackson County," said Jackson County EMA Director Earl Ethridge. "Right now they appear to be very minimal. We want more information before we start doing a lot of expenditures and wasting a lot of Jackson County resources."

Ethridge has been keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Karen, but said everyone on his team unanimously agreed the system is not well-defined. So, there's no need to over-react.

"We feel like in the morning [Friday] they'll have a better handle on where the storm is going and see what kind of impacts, if at all, we need to brace for in Jackson County," said Ethridge.

Ethridge said with tropical systems like this you can't really tell what's going to happen right now. He said it's not a time to be worried, instead be prepared.

"People just need to have their plan in place and make sure their vehicles are fueled, make sure they have medication and just be prepared to move if necessary," said Ethridge.

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