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Barbour records call to local residents

Gov. Haley Barbour, who earlier today declared a state of emergency for seven South Mississippi counties, has recorded an emergency phone message going to area residents warning them to take precautions for flooding and wind expected from Tropical Storm Lee.

Some excerpts of his phone message:

"This is Governor Haley Barbour and I want to urge you to keep a close eye on the tropical weather now in the Gulf of Mexico. "There is no reason to panic. But, you should not underestimate the impact of this storm. This tropical weather is expected to produce tremendous rain that may cause serious flooding on the Gulf Coast and across south Mississippi, especially near waterways. Take the necessary precautions to protect your family and your property. "Now is the time for you and your family to make preparations. Be sure you have disaster supplies such as flashlights, batteries, water and non-perishable food items, and a battery-powered weather radio. And, just in case, you need an evacuation plan so you'll know where to go and how you would get there if an evacuation is necessary. At times like these we pray for the best but prepare for the worst."