Evacuation recommnded for low-lying areas

The Harrison County Emergency Management Agency, acting on behalf of county and city leaders, this afternoon recommended that residents evacuate low-lying areas to avoid possible rising tides and winds associated with Hurricane Rita.

The storm, which is approaching the Texas-Louisiana coastling, could cause a five- to eight-foot storm surge, three to five inches of rain, and sustained 20-30 mph winds, with gusts near 35 mph.

You can view real-time radar along the Gulf Coast, evacuation routes and other useful info in the city’s online Storm & Flood Preparedness center at biloxi.ms.us/stormflood/index.asp.