No emergency shelter open, but residents in weak structures urged to seek other shelter

Published 2:29 pm Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NATCHEZ — County officials recommend that anyone concerned about the stability of their home seek out alternative shelter.

That said, the winds forecast for Adams County are not expected to exceed the requirements set out by the state for mobile home stability.

“The wind zone that we are in, the state requires mobile or manufactured homes to be able to withstand 74 mile per hour speed winds, hurricane status winds,” Adams County Emergency Director Stan Owens said. “We shouldn’t have that. Right now the best guess is 50 to 60 mile per hour wind gusts.”

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Owens still said he recommended anyone living in a mobile or manufactured home seek a stronger, more substantial shelter. The Adams County Board of Super-visors Tuesday morning adopted a resolution recommending the same.

The emergency director said he anticipates the storm being a midnight-to-midnight event, with the bulk of the storm reaching the Miss-Lou late Tuesday and early Wednesday morning. Early rain bands could be expected early Tuesday evening.

“The majority of the really bad stuff will be coming in early Wednesday morning,” Owens said.

The hurricane brings with it the potential for tornadic activity, Owens said, and will present tropical storm-force winds with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. Some storm prediction models anticipate the area receiving up to five inches of rain from the system.

The county has one of its emergency shelters on alert, Owens said, but there were no plans Tuesday morning to open it.

If a small number of residents need shelter after the storm, it’s possible they could be housed in local hotels or motels, he said.