Gov. Haley Barbour and MEMA Director Mike Womack said they have been impressed with the leadership on the Coast during preparations for Hurricane Gustav, as well as the response from citizens. Both said they believe residents are taking this storm seriously and are preparing and evacuating.
At 7 p.m. Gustav was near the center of the Gulf of Mexico and was moving northwest at 17 mph. The storm is packing winds of 115 mph. The Coast already is seeing some rain and tropical storm force winds likely will start about midnight.