Mississippi Declares State of Emergency

Residents in Mississippi are expecting as much as 18 inches of rain.
3:00 | 08/28/12

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We're in the right quadrant of the storm, which is often the biggest storm surge. 28-mile-per-hour gusts. You can see the surf getting kicked up. Storm surge up to ten feet. That's why low-lying areas are being asked to leave. Mississippi's gulf coast is bracing for the onslaught. On monday, some roads north, clogged. As gas lines lengthened. Long line, huh? Yeah, it is. Reporter: And grocery shelves empty. We're making the best of it. We know what you have to have to make it through, make do, until that power comes back on. Reporter: Anything that can't be boarded up is being tied down or moved inside. This is a huge storm. Estimated to be 800 miles wide. That's huge. Reporter: In gulfport, the county has activated its 24-hour operational center. The national guard is now on stand-by. And electric companies are positioning trucks for anticipated outages. We're preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. Reporter: Seven years ago, katrina demolished gulfport. The casinos, the restaurants, almost everything that lines this coast. It was not real nice to my first restaurant here. Reporter: So many like rob simpson's restaurant, has now been rebuilt, making it difficult to find any calm before this storm. So, it's still hard for me to believe I covered katrina from this very beach in gulfport seven years ago. And driving up and down the streets last night, we have the restaurants, the homes boarded up. They're taking this very seriously.

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