Mississippi coastal areas modify curfews

By The Associated Press

PASCAGOULA — Officials say the curfew in coastal Jackson County will run from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday.

The curfew was originally set to expire at 7 a.m. Thursday, but county officials shortened it so that residents would have time to get to work. Jackson County borders Alabama.

Hancock County, which borders Louisiana, started a curfew Tuesday night and extended it through 6 a.m. Thursday to keep motorists off highways flooded by rains from Isaac.

A curfew in Harrison County expired at noon Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said during a Wednesday briefing that tropical storm-force winds from Isaac were expected to leave Jackson County between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 1 a.m. Thursday.

Forecasters say the worst rain bands have already passed.