Gov. Bryant issues State of Emergency for Tropical Storm Gordon

Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a State of Emergency and an Executive Order authorizing the use of the Mississippi National Guard as Tropical Storm Gordon advances to the Gulf of Mexico.

 The National Guard has personnel in pre-positioned in the lower six counties of Mississippi.

 The National Hurricane Center issued hurricane and storm surge warnings for the Mississippi Coast which means hurricane conditions are expected. The National Hurricane Center forecasts Gordon to be a Category 1 storm (winds near 80 mph) and 3-6 feet of storm surge above ground. Landfall is projected to be late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning.

 The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) was activated to Level 3 (partial with key state agencies) on Monday afternoon and moved to a full Level 2 activation at 7 a.m. this morning.  The State Emergency Operations Center will run 24-hour operations, as long as necessary.

 “Gordon will bring heavy rainfall and life-threatening storm surge to our coast, along with flash flooding and isolated tornadoes further north,” said Gov. Bryant. “All residents must take this storm seriously and act on the expertise of your local officials.”

 Residents with questions about Gordon preparations on the coast can call the county emergency management offices:

Hancock Co. 228-255-0942

Harrison Co. 228-865-4002

Jackson Co. 228-769-3111

 A state of emergency is an administrative tool that authorizes the use of state resources to aid in storm response efforts.