Tuesday, September 4, 2018

MEMA Preparing for Tropical Storm Gordon

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is coordinating preparations for Tropical Storm Gordon that is expected to begin affecting the state Tuesday afternoon. Hurricane and storm surge warnings are in effect for Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties. MEMA has a liaison in each of the county emergency operations centers.

Tropical Storm Gordon formed off the west coast of Florida on Monday morning. Gordon is expected increase to a Category One hurricane by landfall late Tuesday night, potentially bringing 80 mph winds and more than five inches of rain to south Mississippi.

MEMA reminds everyone about the importance of a family emergency plan and listen to the advice of your local officials.

“MEMA has been monitoring the development of Tropical Storm Gordon very closely and will continue to do so through landfall which is currently forecasted for some time late Tuesday night. We anticipate Gordon will produce widespread and heavy rainfall along the coastal counties. That rainfall combined with increased tidal surges are likely to result in localized flooding in the affected areas. Residents in those affected counties should also be prepared for tropical storm force winds and conditions that will favor isolated tornado threats not only along coastal counties but for South Mississippi in general.” said MEMA Executive Director Greg Michel. “Stay tuned to your local weather and monitor all guidance from your local Emergency Management Agencies. Be prepared by staying informed.”

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

• Tropical Storm Gordon should make landfall along the Mississippi Coast Tuesday night, and is expected to become a hurricane at that time.

• Greatest threat is heavy rainfall and flooding, along with hurricane-force winds which will impact much of South Mississippi and 3 to 5 feet of storm surge.

• People living in low lying areas should have a plan to evacuate if waters begin to rise.

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The State Emergency Operations Center has been activated and is monitoring conditions along with supplying requests for resources from counties.

MEMA will provide updates as information becomes available. The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter @msema.