As the eventual path of Tropical Storm Nate became clearer, officials along the Gulf Coast warned residents to prepare and not take the storm lightly.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency for six counties in the southern portion of the state Friday afternoon. The declaration also covers any other counties impacted by the storm.
State officials said they plan to open 11 shelters for evacuees and will run buses for residents who are unable to drive.
At Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, the Air Force Reserve’s 403rd Wing announced it would relocate aircraft to bases in Texas and Arkansas because of the storm, according to an announcement made Friday afternoon.