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Officials secure roadways in preparation for Hurricane Nate

Crews have removed the arms on the Wilkes Bridge in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX) Crews have removed the arms on the Wilkes Bridge in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

With Hurricane Nate expected to make landfall on the Coast around 11 p.m., city and county officials are preparing area roadways. 

In Gulfport, crossing arms on the Wilkes Bridge have been removed and stored for safety. At this time, the bridge remains open. 

At least a dozen traffic lights on Highway 90 from Pass Christian to Long Beach are in flashing mode in an effort to urge drivers to stay off of the road. Gulfport Public Information Officer Sgt. Joshua Bromen tweeted the following reminder: 

  • No traffic lights: Treat as a four-way stop
  • Flashing red: Treat as a stop sign
  • Flashing yellow: Proceed with caution only when traffic permits

Multiple shelters are open across the Coast. If residents plan to evacuate, they should plan to do so before nightfall. Curfews have been issued for Harrison, Hancock, and Jackson counties. 

According to the Biloxi Police Department, Causeway Park has taken on water. The following streets in Biloxi are now closed:

Shortly before 5 p.m., the Department of Marine Resources rescued three people from a stranded sailboat in Hancock County. 

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