Sop must be among those without power; so, I’m pulling this update together from a read-around and hoping to hear from him again soon – his last message came at 9:12 this morning reporting wind and light rain. Natalie Chandler, a CL reporter on the Coast to cover Gustav fills us in on what’s happened since – Heavy rain, wind create problems in Miss.
Dozens of homes and roads are flooding today and more than 47,000 customers are without power as Hurricane Gustav continues working its way across the Gulf Coast.
About 100 homes are flooding in Pearlington, an area in Hancock County hard hit by Hurricane Katrina three years ago. There are no reports now of anyone inside the homes.
Bay St. Louis officials report downed trees, broken limbs and roof damage from Gustav’s winds, which reached up to 70 miles per hour in some places.
State officials say storm surge reached 6.5 feet in Pascagoula and 11 feet in Waveland. Water began receding an hour ago, but the area is still experiencing heavy rain and winds at times from Gustav’s outer bands. Jackson County officials say they had to make several high-water rescues.
There are 47,240 without power in the lower six counties of Pearl River, Stone, George, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties.
Scattered power outages have been reported throughout the city of McComb, Summit, Magnolia and Osyka and the central and southern parts of Pike County.
Guess we’re in for the wind v water debate, part two. Last check, the levees were holding in NOLA – overflowing but holding. Lots of news about that but not as much on conditions where Gustav made landfall. Continue reading “Over 47,000 without power on the Coast”