Holloway to ask for state of emergency declaration

Mayor A.J. Holloway plans to ask the Biloxi City Council at its 6 o’clock meeting this evening to declare that a state of emergency exists in Biloxi, with Tropical Storm Cindy expected to make landfall early Wednesday morning along the Louisiana-Mississippi coastline.

The state of emergency declaration, part of the city’s storm preparation plan, gives the mayor authority to make any necessary emergency purchases and take other steps to help protect city property and public safety.

At 1:20 this afternoon, the National Hurricane Center reported that Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum winds in Cindy are near 70 mph, and that minimal strengthening is expected during the next several hours before landfall.

The storm, according to the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency, is expected to produce moderate winds, 3 to 6 inches of rainfall (10 inches in isolated areas), and  storm surge flooding of 4 to 6 feet above normal tide levels, with a possible 3-foot wind wave.
Emergency management authorities are advising
residents to monitor local weather reports closely.

Those residents in low-lying and flood-prone areas – and those in structures that may be unable to withstand 50 mph winds – are being advised to consider evacuating and take measures to protect property from flooding.

Mariners who decide to seek safe harbor are reminded that local draw bridges will close once sustained winds reach 34 mph.  Winds are predicted to reach 34 mph around 7 o’clock this evening, with tropical storm force winds moving inland around 10 p.m.

Summer camp cancels Wednesday session

The city’s nine summer camp sites will be closed Wednesday because of the threat of Tropical Storm Cindy.

Flood and storm protection measures

You can find information on how to protect your property from flooding, as well as timely radar and storm advisories, in the city’s online Storm and Flood Preparedness section. To enter, click here.