Tracking the Tropics: System could impact Mississippi coast next week


PEARL, Miss. (WJTV) – This growing threat of storms hitting the Gulf Coast next week has emergency officials anxious for what path and strength it will get. Experts already give it a 70%-80% chance of making landfall around Mississippi.

It’s important we all stay up to date because the next 24 hours will determine where this system goes and how strong it could get. Mississippi Emergency Management is not ruling out the chances of a hurricane.

Only a few weeks after Hurricane Laura and Tropical Storm Marco left many coastal towns in rubble, another depression is on its way.

“Crosses over into Florida early this weekend and what’s it going to do when it gets in the Gulf?” Greg Michel speculated. “Not only that when it’s in the Gulf in 48 hours we could potentially have to react very quickly.”

The departments already made calls down to its coastal county agencies. There are several paths the system could take. Mississippi could be feeling its impact Sunday night.

“Go back and double-check your preparedness kit,” Michel explained. “That preparedness kit should include not only your food, water, and prescriptions but also any insurance documents or pictures of your home prior to a disaster.”

The Magnolia State may have dodged a bullet from Hurricane Laura’s full might but MEMA still wants you to take notes on how it showed the unpredictability storms hold in the gulf.

“We use Hurricane Laura as an example of what can happen very quickly,” Michel added. “And it was very unpredictable how that storm intensified so quickly. This particular storm could very well hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

Even if we avoid a direct hit some dangerous side effects to a tropical storm or hurricane can be high storm surges engulfing low lying roads. Or tornado watches further in-land.

We were predicted at the start of hurricane season to only have a little over 20 named storms. As of Sep. 11 we’re halfway through the season and already up to 17.


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