The Mississippi Department of Corrections has evacuated more than 200 people under the agency’s supervision from the Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches.

Individuals from the Harrison County Community Work Center, the Pascagoula Restitution Center, and the Harrison County jail were moved to other MDOC facilities, according to a statement released by the department Tuesday afternoon.

“All movement was made without incidents,” Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall said in the statement. “I thank all of our dedicated staff for a job well done. The department will continue to monitor the weather and assess any further need for movement or relocation of its population.”

The department did not specify which facilities where people were moved, but a department spokeswoman said the prisoners would be out of harm’s way.

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Michelle Liu was a 2018 corps member for Report for America, a national service program that places talented journalists in local newsrooms. She covered criminal justice issues across the state from June 2018 until May 2020. Prior to joining the Mississippi Today team, her work appeared in the New Haven Independent.