Fierce Winds, Flooding Begins

This storm is blowing pretty hard now. We can hear the winds pushing against the building right now. The lights hanging in the studio are shaking. Rhonda Weidner, who's anchoring the news with Jeff Lawson right now, told me she's prepared to jump under the anchor desk at any moment.

We just saw some fuses blow outside our back door, which faces towards Edgewater Mall. It lit up the sky in a fireball. We still have power, but some other folks around us just lost theirs. Kurt Brautigam with Mississippi Power just told us about 10,000 customers are already without power.

Reporter Steve Phillips and Photographer Greg McNease were just out a little while earlier and said they were struck by how much water is already piling up on Highway 90. Casino parking lots are covered with water.