JACKSON, Mississippi— The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is telling people in or near the three coastal counties to prepare for tropical weather by late Friday or early Saturday.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Karen has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. A hurricane watch was put in effect Thursday from Grand Isle, La., to Indian Pass in the Florida Panhandle — an area that includes Mississippi’s entire coastline.
Karen could be at or near hurricane strength by Friday.
MEMA spokesman Greg Flynn said Thursday that people who live in flood-prone areas should think about where they’ll go if ordered to evacuate. He said south Mississippi residents, particularly along the coast, should make sure they have supplies in case power goes out.
“Now’s the time to make plans. Go over your family communication plan,” Flynn said.
It was not immediately clear whether Friday night high school football games would be affected in south Mississippi.
Cruisin’ the Coast, a series of parades and other events with classic cars, is scheduled to start Sunday.
“We know there will be a lot of out-of-towners headed to the coast this weekend that may not be experienced with tropical weather preparedness,” MEMA Director Robert Latham said in a news release. “We want to make sure everyone takes proper precautions before they set up any type of equipment like tents and campers. It doesn’t take much wind to lift those type things.”
— The Associated Press