High water closes parts of U.S. 90. other streets

Hurricane Ike is 270 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and moving west-northwest this morning, but high water driven by the Categoty 2 storm has closed sections of several major thoroughfares in Biloxi.

At 7 a.m., water had risen halfway across the beach south of U.S. 90, and was approaching the seawall in east Biloxi.

Among the roads closed by Biloxi Police and Public Works departments because of rising water:

—U.S. 90 at Miramar,

—Lorraine Road from Shorecrest to city lmits,

—Cedar Lake Road at Cedar Lake bridge,

—Portions of Third Street on Point Cadet,

—Bayview Avenue east of Lee Street,

—Pine Street between First and Howard.

This morning, the National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning for the coastal areas from the Mississippi-Alabama line to Cameron, La. Tropical storm conditions are expected through Friday.

The weather service, which on Wednesday issued a coastal flooding warning, said this morning that large swells will be advancing to the coasts of Mississippi and Louisiana through Friday. Tides are expected to increase 3 to 5 feet above normal today and Friday.

Tropical showers and thunderstorms, capable of producing waterspouts over water and tornadoes over land, are possible through Friday.

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To read the complete weather advisory for Biloxi, click here.

To read the latest advisory on Hurricane Ike, click here.