Emergency officials prepare for hurricane season
NEW ORLEANS - Emergency managers along the Louisiana-Mississippi Gulf Coast say they have their plans in place for the 2016 hurricane season that begins Wednesday.
State officials warn it's been several years since Louisiana and Mississippi have been hit by a hurricane.
Mississippi emergency managers met in Biloxi recently to receive information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about a new early warning system.
Meteorologist Ken Graham says NOAA is rolling out a system that will pinpoint the reach and intensity of storm surge from an impending hurricane days before the flooding hits.
Graham says forecasters hope it not only will save lives, but give the public more confidence that an evacuation order should be taken seriously.
He says storm surge is the number one killer from a hurricane.