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Updates on School/Business Closings

Contributor: Rachael Thomas
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Updated: 1/28 8:33 pm
The following businesses/offices have released statements about their plans for the impending severe winter weather:

-The Pascagoula Municipal Court for Wednesday January 29, 2014 has been canceled. All case have been moved to Wednesday February 12, 2014 at 1:0 p. m.
-Gov. Phil Bryant will delay the opening of state offices until 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Jackson metro area due to winter weather and potentially hazardous road conditions. Yesterday, Gov. Bryant gave agency heads the discretion to delay openings of state offices south of I-20 due to potential impacts of winter weather in those areas. Agency heads were also granted the discretion to remain closed Tuesday if weather conditions further deteriorated. Agency heads should notify any key personnel who need to report to work prior to 10 a.m.
-After consulting with the National Weather Service, Gov. Phil Bryant has closed all state offices impacted by winter weather, including those in the Jackson area Capitol Complex, for Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. State agency directors have discretion on bringing in essential personnel for the day. Gov. Bryant and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will continue to monitor the winter weather situation overnight and make further decisions as needed.
-State of Emergency issued in Pascagoula at 8:32 a.m. this morning by Mayor Pro Tempore, Freddie Jackson.
-Ingalls Shipbuilding facilities in Pascagoula and Gulfport closed at 11:00 a.m. today Tuesday Jan. 28 to all employees except for essential personnel as notified by their supervisors. Second and third shifts for both shipyards are also cancelled for Tuesday, Jan 28. All shifts at facilities in Avondale, LA, Pascagoula, and Gulfport will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday Jan. 29th. Ingalls employees are encouraged to call the company's emergency information phone line for any future work schedule changes and updates. Employees should call: 1-877-871-2058 (Press 2 for Ingalls).
-Due to extreme weather conditions and road closures, Signal International, LLC is shutting down Mississippi operations this afternoon @ 12:30 p.m. and resuming work on Thursday morning 1/30/14. Personnel should not report for work for the next three shifts (night shift tonight & both shifts tomorrow).
-All locations of Navigator Credit Union will close at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Updated Hours of Operation will be posted on Navigator’s website and Facebook pages. For further details, contact Kathy Scarbrough at 228-218-1214.
-As of now the Bayou Portage Draw Bridge and the David LaRosa Bridge on Henderson Ave in Pass Christian are closed. Ice is beginning to accumulate so please stay off the roads and if you have to get out exercise extreme caution. Stay tuned to the local news for more information. Also visit the Harrison County website at www.co.harrison.ms.us for further information.
-The Gulfport Police Department is preparing to close the Wilkes Bridge due to ice forming. The City of Gulfport Public Works Dept. is distributing sand over the Kremer Bridge (Magnolia Street) at this time. This will be the only access to the area north of the Kremer Bridge. We are asking all motorists to reduce their speeds when approaching the Kremer Bridge.
-As of 3:20 p.m. on 28 January 2014, the Ocean Springs Police Department has closed the Ft. Bayou Bridge due to inclement weather (icing on the bridge) until further notice. The Biloxi Bay Bridge is currently open for now.
-The Harrison County Board of Supervisors have closed ALL County office buildings for business operations. Non-essential personnel should not report to work on Wednesday, January 29th. Employees need to contact department heads and monitor media and/or the county website for further instructions. Stay tuned to the local news for more information. Also visit the Harrison County website at www.co.harrison.ms.us for further information.
-ALL bridges on Back Bay have been closed as well due to icy conditions.
-The Harrison County Utility Authority and Waste Pro have decided to cancel solid waste collection Wednesday. They will begin collection Thursday, weather permitting. The areas that were missed today and will be missed tomorrow will be picked up as normal on Friday and Saturday.
-The Popps Ferry Bridge is now closed due to ice accumulation and a mechanical failure. Also, all bridge north of the bay are beginning to ice over.
-Snow and ice in parts of Mississippi Power’s service territory will necessitate bill payment offices to remain closed Wednesday, Jan. 29 in parts of the Coast Division - Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Stone counties. Mississippi Power’s Pine Belt Division offices in Forrest , Pearl River, Lamar, Marion, Perry, Jasper, Smith, Wayne and Jones will also be closed. The company’s Meridian Division offices will reopen at noon tomorrow. Mississippi Power has experienced isolated outages today, but system has performed well and we’ve experienced minimal customer impact at this time. If customers do experience an outage, they can report and track the status of their outage on their phone, tablet or laptop via our Online Outage Map at www.mississippipower.com. Customers can also report outages by calling 1-800-ITS DARK. For any other inquiries, customers can speak to a representative on our 24/7 customer service line at 1-800-532-1502. Mississippi Power will continue to provide timely updates. Media partners are welcomed to call the 24/7 media line at (228) 861-5543.
-University of Southern Mississippi operations in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast will remain closed on Wednesday, Jan. 29, as a result of severe winter weather conditions. All classes and University operations at all locations are scheduled to resume on Thursday morning.
The Southern Miss community is also advised of the following:
* Students living on the Hattiesburg campus are advised to use extreme caution if traveling by foot on campus.
* Food services on the Hattiesburg campus will again be available on Wednesday at the Fresh Food Company and Seymour’s from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
* The University will consider all parking zones “open” throughout Wednesday.
* The University Police Department will be open. Should non-emergency assistance be required, please call 601.266.4986. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.
* The Beedie Smith Health Clinic will be closed on Wednesday.
* Non-essential employees are advised to refrain from coming to campus while the University is closed.
For continuing updates, visit southernmiss.info
-NASA’s Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi will be closed on Wednesday, January 29 due to potential dangerous weather conditions. Employees can call (228) 688-3777 for status updates.
-All office personnel and 1st shift employees for all plants for Howard Industries will not report to work on Wednesday. Second and third shifts will work as scheduled on Wednesday. All employees will report to work as normal on Thursday. 
-The Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge is now closed and will remain closed at least until daylight, depending on the weather conditions.


The following schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 29th:

-Bay St. Louis & Waveland 
-The Biloxi School District
-Christian Collegiate Academy
-Grace Baptist Academy Ocean Springs
-Greene County School District
-Hancock County schools
-Jackson County schools
-Long Beach schools
-Moss Point schools
-Pascagoula schools
-Pass Christian schools
-Pearl River County schools
-Picayune schools
-Stone County schools
-Harrison County schools
-Blue Cliff College in Gulfport
-Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
-Pearl River Community College
-Virginia College in Biloxi
-Miller-Motte Technical College 

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