Campers at Buccaneer State Park watchful of the weather

Campers at Buccaneer State Park watchful of the weather

WAVELAND, Miss. (WLOX) - Campers at Bucaneer State Park are keeping an eye on the weather as a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico continues to develop.

Every summer, the park sees an influx of visitors from all over the country.

The Conley’s visited the Waveland park for a special occasion. “Our pug’s birthday. We wanted to take him on a trip and make him feel special," said Mary Jo Conley.

She has no plans to let the storm get in her way. “We’ve lived through Ivan, I’ve lived through Frederick. I’m 70 years old I’ve lived through a few hurricanes.”

Mark Hendershot thought he was getting out of the way of bad weather. “We left nasty weather in Illinois when we left, and it hasn’t gotten better the whole time," he said. “So far, we’re good but if it gets a lot worse when those hurricane winds come up, we will take off.”

Park management says the policy is to keep visitors updated on the storms path. For campers from Louisiana, their vacation turned into an evacuation.

“I wanted to cancel but at the same time you can’t because we already put the money down and everything,” said Louisiana resident Flash Frickey. "Plus we’re getting out of the path.”

Frickey expressed worry about the flooding New Orleans has already experienced. “If they get that 15 inches of rain like they said they were going to do, I feel sorry for those people."

The brewing storm caused one family to cut their week-long trip short.

“We were planning on leaving this coming Sunday but we may be forced out a little early,” said Ricky Harris, another Louisiana resident visiting the park with his grandchildren.

Harris said aside from the winds, he’s most worried about being crowded in the trailer. “You don’t want to be stuck with them in there,” he said as he laughed and pointed to the kids.

Even with the threat of severe weather, many choose to look on the bright side.

“It’s actually kind of nice to sit out here and feel the breeze and look at the ocean," said Conley. “We’re not worried.”

Bucaneer State Park’s manager says the park will issue a mandatory evacuation if the weather poses a greater threat to safety.

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