Hurricane Nate Makes Land Fall Affecting Parts Of Mississippi

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Posted on October 7, 2017

Biloxi, Mississippi–Hurricane Nate made landfall tonight along the southeastern Louisiana coast near the mouth of the Mississippi River as a category 1 hurricane and is expected to make a second landfall along the Mississippi coast overnight. 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

State Medical Needs Shelter Opened

Beginning at 4 p.m. today in response to Hurricane Nate, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) opened the State Medical Needs Shelter, located on Coy Avenue in Wiggins.

This facility is a shelter of last resort for those people whose medical needs cannot be accommodated in an evacuation shelter.

Shelter admission is evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Those with health or medical conditions who require professional observation or care,
  • Those with chronic conditions who require assistance with daily living activities or skilled nursing care, but do not require hospitalization,
  • Those who need supervised medication dispensing or vital signs readings,
  • Those with physical, mental, or cognitive disabilities who cannot be housed in an evacuation shelter, or
  • Those with other disabilities who cannot be sheltered in an evacuation shelter.

The shelter provides 75 beds for those with medical needs. One caregiver may accompany the resident inside the shelter (unless the patient is a single mother, in which case children may accompany the patient inside the shelter.)

Patients will be triaged and assessed upon entry to the shelter. All residents should bring any prescribed medication or equipment needed for care if possible.

The shelter was built to FEMA 361 standards and should withstand winds up to 200 miles per hour. The shelter contains a negative pressure infectious disease isolation room – the first of its kind in any medical needs shelter in the nation.

For more information on emergency preparedness or specifics on the State Medical Needs Shelter, visit the Mississippi State Department of Health website at  or call toll-free

at 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-458-4948.)

All Mississippi Coast Casinos closed at 5 p.m. according to the MS Gaming Commission.


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