GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Whenever a hurricane or tropical storm hits the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it brings with it a tidal surge and that picks up sand and drops it onto Highway 90.
With sand deposits and water covering portions of the roadway in all three coastal counties, sections of the highway were closed to traffic on Sunday. Mississippi Department of Transportation crews spent much of the day removing sand and debris.
"MDOT's first responders began efforts to clear roadways as the storm moved onshore last night," said Transportation Commissioner Tom King. "Crews removed debris from highways as it was reported and are currently out continuing to assess damage caused by Hurricane Nate."
Drivers across South Mississippi should continue to watch for debris and downed power lines. MDOT District 6 Engineer Kelly Castleberry says cleanup is going to take some time.
"The 26 miles between the Bay St. Louis Bridge and the Biloxi Bay Bridge was impacted pretty good....especially in that eastbound lane. Our crews are primarily going to be there and a couple of pockets on the westbound lane," said Castleberry.
The beach remains closed to the public all across Harrison County.