City of Hattiesburg declares state of emergency ahead of Nate

City of Hattiesburg declares state of emergency ahead of Nate

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The City of Hattiesburg has declared a state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Nate.

A special called council meeting was held Friday morning in council chambers.

The council moved to adopt the resolution, which would allow them to use resources, equipment, and money if it is needed during and following the storm.

Tropical Storm Nate continues to move towards the Southern Gulf of Mexico Friday morning, and is expected to continue to strengthen as is moves over the gulf  Saturday.

Nate is forecast to reach the coast of Louisiana around 1 a.m. Sunday morning as a hurricane.

Tropical storm force winds are likely along with heavy rain and maybe even an isolated tornado possibly beginning as late Saturday night but more likely during the early morning hours of Sunday.

If you haven't already, now is the time to prepare your hurricane kit.

For a list of items suggested to have in your home during the storm, click here. 

For the latest information on Nate's track, click here. 

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