By MELISSA SCALLAN
PEARL – Hurricane Gustav is making his presence known throughout Mississippi as wind and rain have spread from the Coast to Vicksburg.
A tropical storm force warning is in effect for most of the state until 4 a.m. Tuesday, and there is a flash flood watch in effect until 1 p.m. today.
No injuries have been reported in the state because of Gustav, but officials at the state’s Emergency Operations Center said U.S.90 at Pearlington and in Harrison County is closed because of storm surge.
There are reports of tornado activity in Pearl River County, and a tornado warning is in effect for the coastal counties.
Mississippi 43 at Mississippi 603 south of Interstate 10 is closed due to high water, and the storm surge has topped nine feet.
An abandoned building in downtown Gulfport collapsed, and a home on Division Street in Biloxi has flooded.
The eye of Gustav made landfall midmorning near Cocodrie, La., about 70 miles southwest of New Orleans. The storm is moving to the northwest at 15 mph.
Gov. Haley Barbour said emergency plans have gone smoothly throughout the state and he expects the worst to be over by early afternoon.
“Right now is probably the worst weather on the Coast, at least as far as wind speed,” he said.
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