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Gustav easier on Mississippi than Katrina

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  • Mississippi's Gulf Coast sustained major damage in 2005's Hurricane Katrina
  • Curfew is in place until further notice in all Mississippi coastal counties
  • Storm surge from Gustav has pushed onto U.S. 90 on Mississippi coast
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BILOXI, Mississippi (CNN) -- Mississippi's Gulf Coast, which sustained major damage three years ago in Hurricane Katrina, fared better Monday as Hurricane Gustav slipped west, giving Louisiana the brunt of its powerful east side.

The following is a rundown of what's happening Monday on the Mississippi coast:

• Bay St. Louis: The town is cut off from any entry from the east. The newly rebuilt Bay Bridge is closed because of high winds and flooding of U.S. 90, and Mississippi 603 south from Interstate 10 is impassable, covered by 8 to 9 feet of water.

Mayor Eddie Favre reported sustained winds of 40 to 50 mph there, with stronger gusts. Low-lying areas such as Shoreline Park, Jordan Isles and Cedar Point are under water. Trees, power lines and branches also are down.

Waveland: More than 2 feet of water cover beach road, according to Mayor Tommy Longo.

Pass Christian: Police Chief John Dubuisson says U.S. 90 is flooded and impassable. He said one car tried to drive through and is now floating down the highway after police rescued its occupants. Photo See Gulf Coast residents flee storm »

The newly repaired small-craft harbor has been damaged, with temporary office trailers washed into the harbor and four boats swept by the storm surge up onto the harbor access road. Dubuisson also said vinyl siding was blowing off some homes.

Long Beach: Police dispatcher Megan Goepel reported a tree down on a house. The storm surge also has pushed onto U.S. 90. Goepel said the surge is threatening some newly opened beachfront restaurants.

Gulfport: John Kelly, chief administrative officer for Gulfport, said roofs have blown off a couple of commercial buildings, including a filling station.

Seven of the city's 30 sewer lift stations have gone down. There's flooding in low-lying areas, though Kelly said water hasn't entered any homes. In the port area, the Ship Island ferryboat terminal building has blown down.

Mayor Brent Warr estimated that the city has a 12-foot storm surge. Warr said it appears that a tornado skipped across Second Avenue, snapping off telephone poles. Kelly said the city is concerned what will happen later Monday, when high tide comes. Video Watch Gustav pound Gulfport with wind and rain »


Biloxi: U.S. 90 is flooded and closed. The storm surge is entering the first-floor garage of the Hard Rock Casino but not the building, according to Biloxi police Sgt. Jackie Rhodes. High water has some residents of north Biloxi trapped in their neighborhoods, and a tree has fallen onto a roof.

A curfew is in place until further notice in all Mississippi coastal counties. Police have been pulled in off the streets in Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian and Long Beach because of high winds. Officers continue to patrol in Gulfport and Biloxi.

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