Hurricane Gustav is bearing down on the coast. Steven just called from a co-worker’s phone to say that he no longer has service on his cell phone. The red dot on the map below shows where they are staying to wait out the storm. They’ll have damage there, though. Well, obviously if he’s already lost cell phone service. He said he’d call me again as soon as he could.
Editor’s Note: This is a running collection of notes, reports, and statistics about Hurricane Gustav.
12:35 pm ET
A couple of tornadoes have been reported in the Florida Panhandle — one in Gulf Breeze and the other at Eglin Air Force Base.
And a NOAA tide station at Burns Point, La., reported at about 11 am CT sustained winds of 53 mph with gusts to 74 mph.
11 am ET
The NHC says the center of Hurricane Gustav has made landfall near Cocodrie, La.