April Porter spent most of Sunday on the phone at the Regency Hotel in Jackson taking reservations and talking to anxious Gulf Coast residents.
"We have been getting phone calls about 20 every hour. We've been receiving on-line reservations and people walking in trying to get rooms," explains Porter.
Many hotels in the metro report a similar situation, saying they're booked through much of the week.
"We were not ready at all but we're gonna be ready for the incoming customers that are trying to avoid the storm," says Porter.
"Look for relatives, friends, fraternity brothers, sorority sisters. We saw during Hurricane Katrina, people opened up their homes to take care of people that had no place to go," Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Robert Latham told residents Sunday afternoon.
Many home improvement stores have also been slammed with customers. Most have sold out of supplies many homeowners want, in case the power goes out, and even tarps.
"Since the hurricane forecast (was updated Sunday morning) we have sold every generator we have in stock. I've probably received over 100 calls from customers looking for generators, extension cords, water, batteries...you name it," says Home Depot Employee Roy Goss.
Goss reminds those who do have a generator to be careful when testing or using the device.
"If you're not aware on how to operate the generators, you can got to YouTube or you can go to our Home Depot website and it tells you step by step. It actually gives you a tutorial video on how to operate that generator."
Some residents are concerned Isaac could bring bad weather to central Mississippi but others don't seem bothered.
"It's going to be mostly a wind and rain event from what I've seen so far and you know a Category 2 you're not really talking a lot," says Clinton resident Chip Alford.
"I probably should be but I don't normally get stressed about weather, I really don't. So, I make sure that I have candles or flashlights and maybe some canned foods," says Clinton resident Carmen Temple.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-06-19 01:47:49 GMT
Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman has turned in her resignation to Mayor Harvey Johnson and will retire from the police force in a matter of days. Chief Coleman, who has served with the Jackson PoliceMore >>
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Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:31:40 GMT
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Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:00:46 GMT
There is no such thing as sacred ground for some thieves. Two men rob at least four people at a Jackson church. Officer Colendula Green tells us around 6:22 Monday evening the group was standing outsideMore >>
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Monday, June 17 2013 9:37 PM EDT2013-06-18 01:37:58 GMT
An accident that occurred around 3 p.m. Saturday on I-20 W. resulted in at least one fatality. The accident happened between Bovina and Flowers. A bystander told WLBT/WDBD the multi-vehicle accidentMore >>
A second person has died from a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 in Warren County Saturday.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 1:11 AM EDT2013-06-18 05:11:50 GMT
A two-vehicle accident at the Highway 18 and Springridge Road intersection Saturday, resulted in at least one death. A one-and-a-half year-old died in the accident, according to Hinds County Coroner SharonMore >>
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Monday, June 17 2013 3:26 PM EDT2013-06-17 19:26:53 GMT
Jackson police are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide in south Jackson Monday morning. Few details are being released at this time, but Officer Colendula Green confirms one maleMore >>
Jackson police are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide in south Jackson and have identified both victims. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >>
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >>
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Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:49 AM EDT2013-06-18 12:49:53 GMT
Simpson County Sheriff's deputies are looking for two inmates who walked off a work detail crew early Monday morning. According to Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis, Simpson County Adult Detention CenterMore >>
Two Simpson County inmates who walked off a work detail site Monday morning have been recaptured.More >>
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