State of Emergency Declared as Tropical Storm Barry Approaches Gulf Coast


Governor Phil Bryant has declared a State of Emergency in response to Tropical Storm Barry. A State of Emergency is an administrative tool that authorizes the use of state resources to aid in response and recovery efforts.

A tropical storm watch and a storm surge warning are in effect for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as Barry is expected to make landfall near the central Louisiana coast at some point Saturday morning.

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Here is the latest information on Tropical Storm Barry from the National Weather Service:

  • Impacts from Tropical Storm Barry could be felt as early as Saturday morning.
  • Greatest threat is heavy rainfall, flash flooding, and river flooding which will impact much of South, Southwest and some parts of Central Mississippi. Rain totals are expected to range for 4-10 inches and could exceed 15 inches in some areas.
  • People living in low-lying areas should have a plan to evacuate if waters begin to rise.
  • State assets/resources have been pre-deployed to the areas that face the greatest threat; this includes the State’s Search and Rescue Teams.

The State Emergency Operations Center is now activated.  MEMA will continue to monitor conditions and coordinate requests for resources from counties.