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Governor requests emergency declaration as Hurricane Zeta approaches

With Hurricane Zeta expected to make landfall later today, Governor Tate Reeves has requested a ‘pre-landfall disaster declaration’ 

“Emergency operators are working to get ready for storm surge and hard winds – up to nine feet of surge and winds up to 100 mph. Stay sharp, stay safe and pray for God’s protection,” Governor Reeves said.

Under the requested federal emergency declaration, FEMA would be authorized to provide emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program at 75 percent federal funding for thirteen Mississippi counties

 Clarke, Jones, Wayne, Lamar, Forrest, Perry, Greene, Pearl River, Stone, George, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson.

According to the latest models from the National Weather Center and the National Hurricane Center, Zeta could make landfall as a Category 2 system. 

Hurricane Zeta is forecast to make landfall along the Southeast Louisiana coast this afternoon as a category 2 hurricane. Heavy rainfall, storm surge, strong to potentially damaging winds, and a few tornadoes can be expected as Zeta passes through the area this afternoon and evening. – NWS New Orleans 

The Mississippi Gulf Coast could see life-threatening storm surges between 6-9 feet. 

Hancock County has issued a mandatory evacuation order for those living in low-lying areas. 

Make sure you have your hurricane preparedness kit and an evacuation plan ready just in case.

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