The wind is starting to pick up in Pearl at the state's emergency operations center. There isn't a lot of rain yet, but the wind has started to blow a little harder. Looking at the radar, it seems as though the conditions here and on the Coast will be worse before the storm makes landfall and continues moving west, likely around mid-day.
The storm still is packing winds of 115 mph and is expected to hit land as a Category 3, a major hurricane; however, earlier forecasts predicted the storm could reach Category 4 status before interacting with land.
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