City of Biloxi curfew, evacuations, etc.

Curfew, evacuation going into effect

A countywide curfew, which includes Biloxi and all cities in Harrison County, will go into effect this evening at 7 and continue through Sunday morning at 9.

Additionally, a mandatory evacuation of low-lying and flood-prone areas goes into effect at 2 this afternoon. Do you need a ride to a shelter? Call Coast Transit at 228-896-8080.

The two announcements were made this afternoon as Hurricane Nate continues moving northward at 28 mph, with a projected path of the central Mississippi Gulf Coast. See the current local extended forecastSee the National Hurricane Center advisoriesSee the list of storm shelters

How to report power outages, downed lines

Mississippi Power and Coast Electric, the two utilities that serve Biloxi residents, have crews on standby to deal with post-storm electricity outages, and the firms have numbers set up to report power outages.

Mississippi Power customers should call 1-800-487-3275 and Coast Electric customers should call 1-877-769-2372.See the Mississippi Power outage map

News and notes

Sand beach closed: The Harrison County Emergency Management Agency has issued an immediate mandatory beach closure and evacuation of the beach areas south of the sea wall in Harrison County.

Warning sirens:  The Biloxi Fire Department will sound hurricane sirens again at 7 p.m. to remind residents of the pending threat of Hurricane Nate.

Released by Vincent Creel and Cecilia Dobbs Walton