Emergency meeting called in Harrison County

With fall weather approaching, hurricane season is still in full effect. Right now, Nate is still a tropical storm, but that could change soon. Local emergency management teams are taking no risks to be prepared.
Clear skies just over the peak of hurricane season and less than three weeks since Hurricane Maria made landfall, what soon has turned into a tropical storm could be yet another hurricane, this time headed directly for the Gulf Coast, as emergency teams across the Coast are preparing for Tropical Storm Nate. Harrison County EMA Director Rupert Lacy said, “Still looking, the hurricane center is still honed in on the storm right now, but the Mississippi Gulf Coast is on the list so we can’t let our guard down as to what could be coming to us.”
The president of the Harrison County Board of Supervisors called a special meeting of the board for a briefing on the status of the tropical storm that could make landfall as early as Saturday night. “We have seen a very active tropical season this year so because of that we can’t say it’s just not going to be anything, we have to prepare for our citizens and our guests,” said Lacy.
With events across the Gulf like Cruisin’ and the Gulfport Music Festival, District 1 Supervisor Beverly Martin cautions residents and visitors, but warns not to worry too much. “We are aware of the weather. Public safety is first and foremost, but at the same time don’t panic. Enjoy yourselves. I know people that look forward to Cruisin’ the Coast and the music festival all year and I just don’t want anybody to panic right now.”
Like Martin said, it’s important not to worry while you are enjoying yourself this weekend. The Emergency Management Agency and its representatives will keep you updated on the latest from Tropical Storm Nate as well as our news team here at News 25.

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