JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - It's a team effort as state agencies are coming together in preparation for Gordon's arrival. Governor Bryant says it's a difficult balance in making sure folks heed the warnings and not overreacting, but the bottom line in today's press conference was to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Coastal residents spent Tuesday boarding up and some headed out of town, but Governor Phil Bryant said in Tuesday afternoon's press conference that the latest update includes some good news.
"We expect some landfall somewhere around 8 p.m. this evening," noted Bryant. "That is different from earlier reports we had had somewhere between 10 and midnight. That's actually a good sign. The storm is moving. What we do not want it to do is to loiter out in the warm water to be able to pick up more moisture and then strike our Gulf Coast."
No matter the impact, Bryant said they're ready.
"As we see it, it will be a minor lower category one," added Bryant. "We took on Nate. We didn't dodge that bullet. We took it on. The targets have been hardened here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Everyone did their job and we came out with little or no personal injury and very little structural damage and that's what we're hoping for again."
The Governor's executive order also allowed the national guard to be activated. Twelve high water vehicles are available for search and rescue and 40 soldiers are standing ready to respond to any calls in the lower three coastal counties. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency's Executive Director reminds everyone to stay alert, even after the storm makes landfall along the coast line.
"For those of you that are living further north of the coastal areas, it's important that you understand there are going to be second and third order effects as a result of the storm," said MEMA Executive Director Gregory Michel. "Heavy amounts of rainfall are going to create a large amount of saturation in the ground that are already saturated from large amounts of rainfall we had over the weekend and into the week."
Governor Bryant also noted that he's asked the National Guard to drive the high water vehicles along Highway 90 later tonight to make sure folks know to get off the road and take this storm seriously.