Hancock Co. issues mandatory evacuation for low lying areas

Hancock Co. issues mandatory evacuation for low lying areas

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Hancock County Office of Emergency Services has issued a mandatory evacuation beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday for "all low lying areas, residents living on rivers, river inlets, bayou creeks, and in travel trailers, modular or mobile homes, homes under construction, and/or partially constructed homes."

The Jackson Office of Emergency Services is recommending a voluntary evacuation on Saturday morning for people living in low-lying areas near waterways.

Tropical Storm Nate is expected to impact South Mississippi as a hurricane over the weekend, bringing a storm surge of up to 10 feet, according to officials with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

People living in low-lying areas will see the greatest impact from the storm surge and expected heavy rains. Those who plan to seek refuge in a shelter are asked to make sure that all items (bedding, medicine, drinks, snacks, etc.) are self-contained.

Three shelters will open in Jackson County at 8 a.m. The Jackson County Animal Shelter will be staged at each shelter to board pets for people who evacuate.

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