Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said his state had done “everything within our power to be prepared for” Tropical Storm Isaac, which expected to come ashore sometime after Tuesday morning.
According to Bryant, 45 state troopers d have been dispatched to maintain traffic flow in event of contra-flow. Additionally, Bryant will be in touch with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Monday afternoon to discuss contra-flow between the two adjoining states.
Bryant also said officials have distributed 10,000 sand bags and 1,000 power line crew members from Mississippi Power are prepared to move in, with healthcare centers targeted.
Mississippi’s Emergency Operations Center went to full strength at 7 a.m., Bryant said.
"We expect to have immediate response following the storm and landfall," Bryant said. "The key again is to respond as quickly as possible with any assistance that may be available and necessary."
But while the weather is currently nice, he said to heed the warnings.
“That will change,” Bryant said of Monday’s weather. “The three Gulf Coast counties and Pearl River County remain under a hurricane warning. That means hurricane conditions are imminent to include 65 m.p.h. sustained winds, 16-inch rainfall, storm surge anywhere from 10-12 feet. If you add that to a 4-foot tide, we’re looking at approximately 16 feet of water that can come inland in the streams, rivers and tributaries.”