BILOXI, Miss. — This city, home to 46,000 people, eight casinos and Keesler Air Force Base, intensified preparations as the storm tracked closer to Mississippi, issuing a state of emergency Monday and ordering marinas and RV parks to evacuate to higher ground.
Officials also urged residents in low-lying areas to seek shelter and warned them to take extra precautions to prevent spreading the coronavirus. Seawater crept closer to the strip of casinos on US-90 as residents and visitors packed up their campers, hitched their boats to pickup trucks and boarded up windows.
City officials cleared drains and prepared rescue gear in anticipation of heavy rains and storm surges, said Cecilia Dobbs Walton, a Biloxi spokeswoman.
“We do anticipate a lot of flooding,” she said Monday. “Heed the warnings, we tell our people. Just prepare. You’ve been through this before. You’ve been…