CTA urges residents to use pick up points; tracking info

Coast Transit is advising residents who need evacuation transportation and are able to get to a community pick up point to do so, instead of registering with CTA.

Only those who cannot get to a community pickup point should register at 896-8080, CTA Director Kevin Coggin said.

Although transportation will be available between 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday, resident are encouraged to arrive at community pick up points between 1 and 2 p.m. to allow adequate time for an orderly process and to minimize wait times.

School buses will carry people from these locations to the Red Cross Shelter at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, where they will be fed and cared for by MEMA until it is safe to return to the Coast.

Each person will be allowed to bring only two bags. Small pets will be allowed but must be in a pet carrier and will count as one of the two bags.

Yankie Stadium added to pickup points

Here is the list of community pick up points, which now includes Yankie Stadium:

Biloxi: Yankie Stadium, corner of Lee and Division streets; Biloxi Junior High School, Irish Hill parking area; and Biloxi High School football stadium, 1845 Richard Drive, off Popp’s Ferry Road.

D’Iberville: D’Iberville High School, 3320 Warrior Drive.

Gulfport: Milner Stadium, 1403 38th Ave.; and Good Deeds Center, 15101 Madison St.

Harrison County: Lizana Elementary, 15341 Lizana School Road;
Saucier Elementary, 24052 First St.;
Harrison Central Elementary, 15451 Dedeaux Road.

Long Beach/Pass Christian: West Harrison County Community Center, 4670 West Espy Ave., Long Beach.

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This morning, the center of Gustav was about 185 miles east of the western tip of Cuba. The storm, a Category 3 with sustained winds of 125 mph, was expected to pass over western portions of Cuba today and tonight before emerging ove the southern Gulf of Mexico early on Sunday. Gustav was expected to gain strength and be over the northern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miels and tropical force winds extend outward up to 160 miles.

For the latest tracking on Gustav, courtesy of the National Hurricane Center, click here.

To see the hurricane center’s hurricane wind probabilities over the next 120 hours, click here.

For storm preparation information, click here.