Bryant urges some in Mississippi to evacuate for Isaac

By Holbrook Mohr/The Associated Press

GULFPORT — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is urging people in low-lying areas along the Gulf Coast to evacuate for Isaac, which is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to the state, even if the center of the storm comes ashore in Louisiana.

Bryant said during a briefing Monday in Gulfport that 1,500 National Guard soldiers and airmen are on standby to respond, and at least 40 state troopers could be brought in to help the 80 already stationed in the southern counties.

Bryant says he knows it’s difficult for people to leave, but homes will be protected.

Isaac could come ashore as a Category 1 hurricane as soon as Tuesday.

Robert Latham, director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, says shelters could start opening Monday, based on need.