Gustav: More photos from the aftermath; tornado watch; other news and notes

To see photos from the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav, taken between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday,
click here.

To see previously posted photos, which were taken between 7 and 10 a.m. Monday, click here.

Area under tornado watch until 4 p.m.

Harrison County has been placed under a tornado watch until 4 p.m. A tornado watch means that Conditions are conducive to the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area.

News and notes

U.S. 90 status: U.S. 90 is expected to be closed for the remainder of the day as MDOT crews continue removing debris. In fact, residents are urged to limit traffic to necessary traffic throughout the city as crews continue removing debris and repairing traffic signals and street signs.

Breakfast canceled: The Biloxi Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast with the Mayor scheduled for Wednesday at the Gulf Coast Business Technology Center has been canceled.

Tips to remember in the wake of a storm

—Stay tuned to local radio for information.

—Help injured or trapped persons.

—Give first aid where appropriate.

—Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Call for help.

—Return home only after authorities advise that it is safe to do so.

—Avoid loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company, police, or fire department.

—Enter your home with caution. Beware of snakes, insects, and animals driven to higher ground by flood water.

—Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home.

—Check refrigerated foods for spoilage; if electricity is off, keep refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible.

—Take pictures of the damage, both to the house and its contents for insurance claims.

—Drive only if absolutely necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges. Refrain from sightseeing.

—Use telephone only for emergency calls.

—When inspecting utilities in a damaged home:

—– Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if you can and call the gas company from a neighbor’s home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.

—– Look for electrical system damage. If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. If you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker, call an electrician first for advice.

—– Check for sewage and water lines damage. If you suspect sewage lines are damaged avoid using the toilets and call a plumber. If water pipes are damaged, contact the water company and avoid the water from the tap. You can obtain safe water by melting ice cubes.