Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storm Barry

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Officials and the community are getting ready for Tropical Storm Barry.

“We are here in paradise and tropical systems are a way of nature and they can happen whenever.” All eyes are on the tropics as officials are keeping a close watch on Tropical Storm Barry.  Emergency officials have already met to make sure they are ready for anything. Harrison County EMA Director Rupert Lacy said, “That’s what we try to do is make sure we got things ready and assets ready for those responders for the next day.”

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While officials are gearing up for the storm, it’s important that everyone has their plan in place ahead of time. It’s also important to pay attention while outside and on the roads. Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan said, “Plan ahead of time. Turn around, don’t drown, we have said it 100 times. We are going to say it 100 more times. What we have learned from past storms is that is what people die from, they die from trying to go through flooded waters and it is not the wind that kills people, it’s the water.”

The Salvation Army is also on standby and ready to assist the community in case of any emergencies. Major Bradley Caldwell with Salvation Army said, “If normal resources are cut off, if they get stranded, if the power goes out, or if they are in long term inability to get food for themselves that’s when you would look to try and provide resources for them.”

Officials stress keeping up to date with official weather forecasts to stay up to date with the severity of the storm.



As always, keep it here on News 25 for the latest updates as this storm approaches the Coast. You can download our free WXXV Weather Authority App here to get the latest updates from our News 25 weather team.