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Eyes on Katrina

A South Mississippi hurricane journal

Monday, August 29, 2005

General update 

Michael Newsome and I are holed up in Hattiesburg and, unbelievably, we still have power. Much of the Hub City doesn't from what we've heard. Here's a round-robin update from TV, radio, a couple of e-mails and what little phone communication we're able to get: 911 is still working, people can call, but emergency workers are having trouble getting out right now. Hancock County and Jaxco counties EOCs have had to evacuate their headquarters because of water and have relocated Wolf River is 23 feet, the highest it's ever been The tidal surge is 28 feet, and has been taking some homes off their slabs. There are reports of some people being trapped in their attics/ on their roofs. At Biloxi Station 3 fire house, there have been reports of refrigerators floating, 3-4 feet of water inside and firemen are trying to get their computers on top of their lockers The storm is only moving at 15 to 18 mph, so we are going to be socked in for a while --Geoff

Be prepared for the next hurricane category or find another one that's similar. As the Boy Scouts say: "Be Prepared"!
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