“I don’t think the worse has gotten here yet,” Mayor A.J. Holloway said this morning at 10:15, as the city endured wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph and a 10 to 12 feet tidal surge in some areas of the peninsula.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for Harrison County until 4 p.m.. The area continues to be under a hurricane warning and flash flood watch. Sporadic power outages also were reported. A citywide curfew remains in effect.
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More than a dozen streets, including most of U.S. 90 and Back Bay Boulevard, were impassible because of water.
“We’re getting a lot of rain and gusts,” Holloway said. “People need to stay in until this gets by us, which could be later today.”