ust a few months after reopening in May, South Mississippi casinos were forced to close again as Hurricane Sally nears the Coast.
The Mississippi Gaming Commission on Monday ordered the 12 casinos in South Mississippi to close by 4 p.m. Monday.
Sally is forecast to make landfall Wednesday, bringing life-threatening storm surge and 8-16 inches of rain, with 24 inches possible in some locations, the SunHerald reports. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday morning that the storm is forecast to come on shore at 2 a.m. Wednesday in Biloxi, where eight of the 12 Coast casinos are located.
At 11 a.m. Monday, the road leading to Silver Slipper Casino in Hancock County had already flooded. “We shut down at 10 o’clock this morning,” said John Ferrucci, Silver Slipper general manager. All the guests at the casino and hotel have left, he said, and only a skeleton crew will remain on property for the storm. He said they hope to reopen Thursday.
Palace Casino Resort will close the entire resort, including the hotel, at 4 p.m. Monday to prepare for Sally.
The Gaming Commission orders the closing of the casinos, but the casino operators can keep the hotels open to accommodate out-of-town customers and emergency personnel. The casinos will remain closed until the Gaming Commission permits them to reopen.
The order applies to the following Mississippi casinos: