Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes declares state of emergency ahead of Zeta

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City officials in Gulfport are also putting in safety measures before Zeta reaches South Mississippi.

Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes declared a state of emergency for the city late Monday evening. Also, the Gulfport Harbor was closed shortly after Mayor Hewes issued the state of emergency.

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Boaters are encouraged to get their vessels and move them to a different location to prevent damage to their property or the pier.

It is important Gulfport residents take the storm seriously and have a plan in place. City of Gulfport Public Information Officer LaShaundra McCarty said, “I know at this point you have heard a lot of messages from the city and it is so easy to get complacent and feel like, well it’s going to be like the last time. But the truth of the matter is we don’t know if it’s going to be like the last time. So, please prepare as best as you can. Go ahead and get your supplies today, don’t wait until the last minute because it’s imperative that you have everything that you need.”

The City of Gulfport has also opened their sandbag stations. You can find a list of all sandbag locations across the Coast here.