Mid-Way Through Hurricane Gustav

8:00 AM Monday Good morning! ULM Relief made it through the night and we are about midway through Hurricane Gustav. Currently we are experiencing a storm surge of about 4 feet with 35 MPH winds and gusts a bit over 50 MPH. More rain is expected today, so the storm surge will probably get higher. There are some feeder bands behind the hurricane that will dump more rain and wind, so we’re not out of the woods yet.

We have ongoing tornado warnings, and one tornado was observed by a Police Officer when it touched down on HWY 49 in Gulfport, MS, it apparently did not do any substantial damage when it landed. There are no major power outages yet, but we have had some flickers. Currently we are under a hurricane warning, and as soon as it changes to a hurricane watch we’ll be permitted better access around Biloxi to assess the damage.

The streets appear clear and there are no vehicles present with the exception of a few Emergency and First Response Vehicles. It would appear that most people took the warnings seriously and have either evacuated or are staying put inside their homes.