Hurricane Gustav has weakened to a Category 2 storm with winds of 110 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is about miles south of New Orleans and is moving northwest at 16 mph.
The storm will make landfall later today along the coast of Louisiana.
South Mississippi already is feeling the effects of the storm as wind and rain have moved into the area. The Mississippi Department of Transportation has closed U.S. 90 because of storm surge and is advising motorists to stay off the road.