Preparing for possible Hurricane Delta impacts
Although Hurricane Delta may be less of a threat to the Mississippi Gulf Coast than originally anticipated, the Harrison County Emergency Operation Center is still preparing for the possible effects of the storm.
Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes has proclaimed a state of emergency for the city ahead of Delta’s arrival.
Additionally, the Gulfport Municipal Marina and Long Beach Harbor have ordered mandatory evacuations of all watercraft by 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.
Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy says the biggest concern is always storm surge and that water levels, along with the entire storm, will be continuously monitored until landfall. “That cone is not a guarantee. We feel confident in their forecast right now, but again we’re ready to do what we have to do to take care of the residents in Harrison County along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Every emergency management office is monitoring it intensely, as well as having people on stand by for whatever may come in days to come.”
The Harrison County Emergency Operation Center will continue to send out advisories as Hurricane Delta approaches.