Gulfport, Florida Mayor Sam Henderson has a message for Gulfportians: If you haven’t gotten to where you need to be, get there. If you have, stay there.
“Time is running out on us,” Henderson said. “If you have not gotten to where you need to be, get there now.”
Henderson discouraged people from leaving their homes during the storm, reminding them that if the situation gets worse, emergency personnel might not be able to offer assistance.
Although Gulfport has yet to see any real storm surge (the current saltwater in the streets comes from the King Tide and is a regular occurrence in recent years), Pinellas County officials told City officials they expect “long-duration storm surge.” That means people should plan for all-day flooding in Pinellas County.
Among other points in the mayor’s message: The City has closed all facilities, including Williams Pier. Pending no changes in track or unforeseen events, the City plans to re-open buildings Thursday, Aug. 31.
Justin Shea, Gulfport’s Cultural Facilities Events Supervisor, told The Gabber Newspaper that if much of the City did not have power Wednesday, Aug. 30, the City would request “cooling buses” from PTSA. These stationary buses would have space for people to sit in the air conditioning.
Sandbags in Gulfport
After distributing more than 12,950 sandbags — more than one for every resident in the City — Gulfport has closed its sandbag station.
Gulfport, Florida Call Center
The City of Gulfport Call Center, 727-893-1000, will operate until 8 p.m. tonight and re-open at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30.
Fallen Power Lines in Gulfport
If you see a fallen power line, call 911. Do not touch any downed lines.
Gulfport Power Outages
Watch Mayor Sam Henderson’s 4 p.m. Aug. 29 update: