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Preparations underway hours before winter storm hits Mississippi

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency sent out this warning Friday, "Take head now.  Start preparing now so we'll be ready come Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening," said MEMA Director Mike Womack.

Saturday McDade's Grocery in Fondren was packed with folks filling up their carts with essentials.  One item everyone seemed to be stocking up on was water.  Bottles were flying off the shelves.

"We bought water and lunch meat in case the power goes out," said shopper Rhonda Carroll.

"Just making sure we have proper linens in place, you know? (We have) water in case pipes freeze," said Jason Ford-Green of Jackson.

Entergy Mississippi called on 4,000 other workers to help them prepare for widespread power outages.  Crews were staged at the fairgrounds while vegetation contractors hired to clear damaged trees from power lines were meeting at Metro Center Mall.  Other help could be on its way.

"Arkansas and Louisiana are not completely out of the way here.  They have people on standby.  Assuming they don't get bad weather they'll be coming to help us," said spokesperson for Entergy Mississippi Robbin Jeter.

Ice on roadways can make for dangerous driving.  Mississippi Department of Transportation officials were prepared with trucks full of de-icing material, but said drivers have to do their part to stay safe.

"The bridges, it is a possibility they freeze over so when approaching those bridges, slow down," said MDOT Maintenance Superintendent Donald Walsh.

The city of Jackson is opening emergency shelters Sunday through Wednesday nights.  Men's shelters include the Billy Brumfield House and Gateway Rescue Mission. Both are on Gallatin Street.  There is also the Opportunity Center on West Amite Street. Matt's House is a women's shelter on Adelle Street. Mill Street emergency shelter will be used for over flow. Jackson residents can call 601-960-1111 to request a wellness check on elderly and disabled adults.

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