More than 850 evacuees have checked into shelters across the state, heeding the warning to move to higher ground. That's the number given by Governor Phil Bryant during Tuesday's 3:00 p.m. briefing by MEMA officials on the Mississippi gulf coast.
Executive director Robert Latham says if everyone on the coast would do that, the next few days would turn out a lot better.
"We've asked people to leave. A mandatory evacuation is a re-emphasis of the fact of how dangerous this can be. They know where they live. Low-lying areas are typically going to flood," said Latham. "If people would do what we ask them to do, then all we have to do is clean up the mess afterward. Nobody dies."
Latham said at this point, it's getting too late to evacuate.
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