The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is forecasting Hurricane Nate will make landfall tonight along the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a Category 2. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) urges motorists to exit highways as the storm comes ashore and until it passes.
“We are advising motorists to stay off the roads to keep you and your family safe,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “Remember to avoid flooded roadways under any circumstances and never drive through a flooded or barricaded area. MDOT has equipment in place and experienced crews ready to activate as first responders as soon as the storm passes.”
There are currently 16 counties in Mississippi under either a hurricane or tropical storm warning. Local officials have issued evacuation orders in some coastal counties. For evacuation route information, go to www.GoMDOT.com/hurricanes
MDOT has announced the following updates for impact to travelers.
MDOT crews in South Mississippi will cease all preparation activities and begin to seek shelter at approximately 5 p.m. Once the storm passes, citizens are encouraged to limit travel to allow MDOT crews to inspect roadways and bridges, and remove debris to allow for first responders and emergency personnel to safely enter areas affected by the storm and respond to those in need. Flooded roadways or debris blocking roadways should be reported to local law enforcement.
MDOT urges motorists to stay off roadways during the storm, but if emergency travel is required, use these safety tips:
For road conditions, follow @MississippiDOT on Twitter and Facebook, and stay updated on current live traffic and travel info at MDOTtraffic.com, download the MDOT Traffic mobile app or call 511 in Mississippi.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.