Here is what we can expect in Mississippi. The highest winds should be south of highway 84(from Natchez, to Brookhaven, to Monticello, to Hattiesburg). If you live in this area, you will have winds sustained for several hours at 30-45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. This will cause snapped trees and downed power lines. If you live north of I-20, you will have sustained winds of 20-35 mph with gusts of 40-50 mph. This will cause scattered or widespread tree and power line damage with power outages expected. If you live north of I-20, you will have winds sustained for several hours of 20-25 mph with gusts of 30-40 mph. There could be scattered power outages. The winds will pick up this morning and continue through midnight. Starting this afternoon and tonight, tornadoes will be possible. This will continue throughout Tuesday along with periods of heavy rain. Gustav is expected to put the brakes on once reaching land and some isolated amounts of 5-10 inches of rain could occur, especially in southwest Mississippi. Areas along the I-55 corridor could have 2-4 inches of rain with some isolated spots receiving more.
Seeing as we all could lose power at any time today, please have your NOAA weather radio on so you can be informed of the latest weather conditions where you are. Meantime, I'll be with you on WLBT throughout the day and overnight.