Some of the cloud tops are almost off the scale at this time. Def trying to get its act together now. My in laws live in Mobile on the coast. One thing to note with Dauphin Island Alabama is even a 2 foot storm surge can inundate the populated West end of that island. In fact, 24 hours before Katrina even hit, the inundation was already underway. That island is probably the worst location for hurricane storm surge. Starting with Hurricane Danny in the late 90s and through Cindy, Ivan and Katrina, the gulf side lost several hundred feet of beach and the bay side gained several hundred. The last time I was there, houses stood on stilts out in the middle of the GOM with not a bit of land under them. Meanwhile the bay side of the island had piers that stopped 200 or more feet from even the high tide line. Some of this is likely the result of Sand Island just offshore migrating towards and now connecting with the main island. That appears to have dramatically altered the transport of silt and sand out of Mobile Bay so it is a lost cause protecting the West end of that island now.