Today’s report: Cruisin’, stormin’, COVID-19 and more

News flash: Expect heavy, slow-moving traffic all this week along U.S. 90 and other thoroughfares throughout the city this week for Cruisin’ The Coast.

And, just for good measure in the Year 2020, it’s Cruisin’ The Coast in a pandemic, and a storm headed for the Gulf of Mexico mid-week.

Cruisin’ organizers report that 6,400 preregistered vehicles, representing 41 states and Canada, are now tooling U.S. 90 and other major thoroughfares throughout Biloxi and neighboring cities. Dozens of other unregistered vehicles are out as well.

Registration is expected to resume Tuesday, but Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, appearing in a segment of today’s Be Prepared report, has a prediction: This will be a record-breaking year for Cruisin’.

The city’s traffic plan will roll out its next phase on late Thursday night and be in place for Friday morning on U.S. 90. You will see orange traffic cones dividing the two lanes eastbound and westbound lanes between I-110 to DeBuys Road. The cones will be in place in case police need to reserve the left lanes for emergency traffic.

Meantime, the National Hurricane Center is saying that Tropical Storm Delta, now located the Carribean Sea, could make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Friday somewhere between Lake Charles, Louisiana and Panama City, Fla., which, of course includes Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

On the storm’s current path, beginning Thursday, Biloxi and the surrounding area could see tropical impacts.

And, of course, the coronavirus numbers: 215 new cases statewide in the past 24 hours, bringing the pandemic total in Mississippi since mid-March to more than 100,000 cases statewide and more than 3,000 deaths.

Locally, the Mississippi State Department of Health reports, 20 new positive tests of the coronavirus were discovered in the past 24 hours. This brings the countywide total of cases in Harrison County since mid-March to 4,097 cases of the coronavirus and 76 deaths.
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News & notes:  Reports, no splash, Debuys Road

Weekly reports: To see the latest program of work from key City of Biloxi departments, click here.

No splash: All four of the city’s splash pads are now closed for the season, reports the city’s Parks & Recreation Department.

DeBuys Road: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, amplifying a request he made last year, is seeking support from leaders in Gulfport and Harrison County to help make repairs to DeBuys Road, north of Pass Road. To read the mayor’s requests, click here.