Hurricanes are among nature's most powerful and destructive phenomena. On average, 12 tropical storms, 6 of which become hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. In the Central Pacific Ocean, an average of 3 tropical storms, 2 of which become hurricanes form or move over the area during the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year.
A message from Harrison County EMA Director Rupert Lacy
Harrison County evacuation routes
Harrison County self-serve sandbag locations
The sites will have sand and bags. Those wishing to use the service must provide shovels and fill their own bags.
- Harrison County Road Department
10076 Lorraine Road in Gulfport
D’IBERVILLE WORK CENTER
10085 1ST AVENUE
D’IBERVILLE, MS 39540
LYMAN WORK CENTER
15001 COUNTY FARM ROAD
GULFPORT, MS 39503
LONG BEACH WORK CENTER
605 NORTH SEAL AVENUE
LONG BEACH, MS 39560
ORANGE GROVE WORK CENTER
8300 34th Avenue
GULFPORT, MS 39501
WOOLMARKET WORK CENTER
16395 OLD WOOLMARKET ROAD
BILOXI, MS 39532
CTA offers transporation services for evacuarions
For more information on this CTA service, click here.
ABOVE NORMAL HURRICANE SEASON PREDICTED FOR 2020
Climatologists at Colorado State University have predicted an above-normal hurricane season for 2020. You can read the extended-range forecast by clicking here. A total of 16 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes are expected this season. This is above the 30-year average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.
Hurricane Season 2020 storm names
While hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property, tropical storms and depression also can be devastating. The primary hazards from tropical cyclones (which include tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes) are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive winds, tornadoes, and high surf and rip currents.
- Storm surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm's winds. This hazard is historically the leading cause of hurricane related deaths in the United States. Storm surge and large battering waves can result in large loss of life and cause massive destruction along the coast.
- Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers, and estuaries.
- Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.
- Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes. Signs, roofing material, and other items left outside can become flying missiles during hurricanes.
- Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.
- Dangerous waves produced by a tropical cyclone's strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners. These waves can cause deadly rip currents, significant beach erosion, and damage to structures along the coastline, even when the storm is more than a 1,000 miles offshore
MAKING A DISASTER KIT
From MEMA: The 2020 Hurricane Season begins June 1 and continues through November 30, and a hurricane is one of the most dramatic, damaging and life altering events that can occur in our state. This year marks the 15 years since Hurricane Katrina struck Mississippi on August 29, 2005, taking the lives of 231 citizens, destroying thousands of homes and causing billions of dollars in damage. Mississippians should be aware that while the state is better prepared than ever to respond to a hurricane, it is imperative they need to take an active role in improving their ability to prepare for, survive and recover from the impacts of hurricanes by developing a family emergency plan, learning evacuation routes and assembling a three to five-day disaster supply kit that should contain:
- Flashlight(s) with extra batteries.
- Portable radio with extra batteries.
- NOAA Weather Radio.
- Non-perishable food for at least 3 days.
- Bottled water (1 gallon per person per day).
- First Aid Kit with prescription medications.
- Bedding and clothing for each family member.
- Blankets and towels.
- Plastic dishes/eating utensils.
- Rain Jackets/pants.
- Sun screen/sunglasses/mosquito repellent.
- Baby supplies (food, diapers, medication).
- Pet supplies (food, leash & carrier, vaccination records).
- Sanitary supplies.
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, cleanser, bleach, towelettes, toilet paper, trash bags, feminine hygiene products.
- Copies of important documents.
- Driver license, SS card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, medical records, family pictures, etc.
- Cash, enough to fill up your vehicle with gas and travelers checks.
- Emergency generator.
- Bicycle helmet.
MEMA Hurricane Preparedness Guide 2020
Click here to be directed to the MEMA 2020 Hurricane Preparedness Guide