Eye on Ivan
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Quick snippets from Sun Herald reporters in the field:
From Patrick Peterson:
A quick tour of Biloxi showed only minor damage to trees, roofs and business signs, and scattered power outages. Treasure Bay casino, the most vunerable barge, was unscathed, said an employee.
The north wind caused by being on the west side of the storm prevented major beach erosion and flooding.
From photograher David Purdy, who is also in Biloxi:
There is relatively minor cosmetic damage to the casinos along Casino Row at Point Cadet. The one uniform bit of damage to casinos from reports received so far are that the ramps to the gambling barges have come disconnected -- a standard issue in these storms. Purdy got to Biloxi via U.S. 90, where he zipped along in no traffic. He said there was random damage to homes around Point Cadet, but it didn't appear to be substantial. Police officers he talked to reported similar scenarios throughout the city.
From Margaret Baker in Jackson County:
The power is already coming back on in Pascagoula. In Moss Point, there are downed trees and streets that need cleaning but it appears from early reports that damage is nowhere near as bad as had once been feared. There was a report of at least one house fire in the city.
She also said that Civil Defense there had heard no news from Northrup Grumman (commonly referred to as Ingalls) Shipyard. Again, communications have been fairly reliable in the area, which could indicate that no news is good news. To reiterate, there has been no report one way or the other.
When I drove quickly through downtown Gulfport, I saw only one bit of moderate damage. A display window at a vacant building (former shoe store) had fallen off.
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