Chris, Eric, Jeff:
Below is a link to some video of the devastation in Gulfport.
Mom recognizes some of the streets and buildings, at least what is left of them. It seems all but certain that Lydia's home on the Gulf must have suffered severe damage. Nanna's home is only several blocks from the shore line, and news reports say that the surge made it to the CSX tracks. Mom says Nanna lives between the tracks and the Gulf. Power, water, land lines, and cell phones are out, so we haven't been able to reach anyone there yet. I saw a photo of a Gulfport water tower; it was no longer vertical, but lying on the ground.
Chris is my oldest brother, Eric is the middle, I am the youngest. Lydia is my aunt and Nanna is a givin.
They've always lived halfway across the US so we're (myself and them) are not all that close, but it's still family regardless. My mom goes out there often and spends a lot of time with both her mom and sister so I'm sure shes freaking out.
Guess we'll find out more in time.