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Coast Officials Watch Season’s First Tropical Storm

By Evelina Burnett | Published 06 Jun 2013 09:55pm | comments
Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy (Photo by Evelina Burnett)

Mississippi Gulf Coast officials are eyeing a weather system in the Gulf of Mexico, which has become the season’s first tropical storm. It’s just days after the beginning of hurricane season, and already officials and residents on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are watching a storm system moving through the Gulf. It’s a stark reminder that it’s never too early to get ready.

Rupert Lacy, the Harrison County Emergency Management Director, hopes that residents are practicing their emergency plan and getting together their emergency supplies, including food, water, medicine and important papers.

Early-season storms have wreaked serious damage in the past, such as Tropical Storm Allison, which inundated southeast Texas in June 2001, killing 41 people and causing billions in damages. NOAA has predicted 13 to 20 named storms this Atlantic hurricane season, including 3 to 6 major hurricanes. 

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Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy (Photo by Evelina Burnett)


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