Area shelters open ahead of Nate

Area shelters open ahead of Nate
Forrest County Community Shelter

PINE BELT (WDAM) - With tropical weather making its way into the Pine Belt, storm shelters across the area are being activated to house residents that could be in harms way.

The Forrest County Community Shelter will open at 2 p.m. Saturday for those who may live in a trailer or mobile home and need more stable shelter.

The 10,000-square foot facility is adjacent to the James Lynn Cartlidge Multi-Purpose Center.

The 360 Building center is located at 946 Sullivan Drive, which is adjacent to the James Lynn Cartlidge Multi-Purpose Center on Hwy 49 South.

Lamar County has a tentative plan in place for their shelter as well. The address is 105 Central Industrial Road in Purvis.

That shelter will open at 6 p.m. Saturday night for those who need it.

The Jones County shelter located at 1425 Ellisville Blvd opened at 2 p.m. and the emergency management center will activate at 5 p.m.

Those who live in trailers should consider more stable shelter in the event of strong wind.

"If you don't feel comfortable where you live, it is always best to find a sturdy shelter during any extreme weather," WDAM First Alert Weather Chief Meterologist Nick Lilja said. "Tropical Storm Nate will likely bring sustained wind between 30 and 60 mph for us, with possible wind gusts to 75 mph. Some mobile homes are made to withstand that, while others are not."
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[endif]Lilja also said if you aren't sure about the safety of your current living space, to always air on the side of caution.

"I always say it is better to be safe than sorry. If you think about where you live and don't like the sound of sitting at home during up to 60 mph wind, find a study building to spend Saturday night and Sunday morning."

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.

Since we are expecting tropical storm force winds in the Pine Belt it is quite likely that there will be some power outages.

Now is the time to begin to prepare! We suggest strongly that you pick up water to last for a few days as well as non perishable food items and fresh batteries and do purchase a flashlight if you do not have one. We will bring you continuous updates on this developing situation as more information comes in.

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