My brother's house near Gulfport reported gone
My brother, sister-in-law and nephew are fine, comes a second hand report, but they say their house and both cars are completely gone. They live in Pass Christian, a mostly bedroom community between Gulfport and Bay St. Louis. I'll pass on more details when I know them.
I was down there just a few weeks ago. My brother made a decision -- really two -- that was very wise: He digitized all his pictures. After he loaded the CDs into his computer, he gave half of them (17) to me and was going to give half to our other brother. For safe keeping. *whew*
Slowly, I've been adding the pictures to my computer with the long-range goal of taking them and burning a DVD; probably just one will hold all the pics. I'll make several copies and give them to various family members. Now, of course, the project is a bit more short-range, though simply knowing the pictures are safe makes them low priority.
According to the news reports, all the casinos (which are on boats because of the gambling laws) are gone. We went to a couple of them; one for brunch and the other just to see it. I'm glad I insisted on doing touristy stuff, like walking into the Gulf, going shrimping and seeing a dolphin show. It'll be a while until such attractions are back to normal.