Coast Officials Eye Tropics As Hurricane Season Heats UpBy Evelina Burnett | Published 16 Aug 2013 06:00am |
Mississippi coast emergency officials and residents are keeping a close eye on the tropics as hurricane season heats up.
A tropical system that’s hovering over the Yucatan peninsula could bring rain to the Mississippi coast this weekend. Harrison County Emergency Management director Rupert Lacy says there’s a chance of rain already this weekend on the Gulf Coast.
Lacy says residents should have their plans in place and supplies ready. If extra supplies are a strain on tight budgets, he suggests buying them over time.
Freddie Ziegler, a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in New Orleans, says there are two scenarios for the tropical weather system that’s over the Yucatan. One has it going west over the Bay of Campeche, towards Mexico. The other scenario, he says, is an upper-level trough over the middle part of the country that will pull the system towards the northern part of the Gulf.
Ziegler says once the system emerges on the other side of the Yucatan peninsula later today or early this weekend, it will be clearer where it is heading.
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