STUD- Gustav Update

2 09 2008

Hurricane Gustav is moving inland from the US Gulf coast after the worst of the storm missed New Orleans – the city ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The eye of the storm, which has now weakened to Category One hurricane, is bearing down on the Louisiana community of Opelousas, bringing heavy rains.

In New Orleans, the city’s levees are holding surging floodwaters, although sea levels could still rise further.

Some two million people have fled inland from the Louisiana coast.

Gustav, which had left nearly 90 people dead last week as it crossed the Caribbean, made landfall west of New Orleans on Monday.

It is now quickly losing strength and has been downgraded to a Category One hurricane, with winds of 75mph (120km/h), the Florida-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) says.


STUD: Gustav

1 09 2008

Hurricane Gustav Satellite Image
Hurricane Gustav, now roaring across southern Louisiana, is bringing heavy rain, hurricane-force winds and significant storm surge to coastal Louisiana. Its eye and fiercest weather will track inland across southern Louisiana over the next several hours.
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Hurricane Gustav

1 09 2008

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Gustav Keeps White House Away

1 09 2008

Faced with the prospect of a monster storm hitting the U.S. Gulf Coast this week, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are not attending the Republican National Convention, the White House has announced.

The two men will not travel to St. Paul, Minn., today for the start of the four-day convention to anoint Republican presidential candidate John McCain because that’s when Hurricane Gustav is expected to strike Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states, the White House said Sunday.

Bush called state leaders in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas in the early morning from the White House, spokesman Scott Stanzel said. Those states are in the path of the hurricane, which swept through the Caribbean last week, killing about 80 people.

Gustav is a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Forecasters believe its centre will make landfall just west of New Orleans on Monday. By then, it could be a Category 4 or even reach the top of the five-category scale.

There are fears the storm surge could break through the same levees that failed three years ago and swamp the city, repeating the disastrous conditions left by Hurricane Katrina.

McCain told Fox News on Sunday there might be changes to the tone of the four-day party gathering, which gets underway Monday, because of the approaching storm.

“It just wouldn’t be appropriate to have a festive occasion while a near-tragedy or a terrible challenge is presented in the form of a natural disaster, so we’re monitoring it from day to day and I’m saying a few prayers, too,” he said.

McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, were travelling to Mississippi on Sunday to observe storm preparations.

Mandatory Hurricane Evacuation Is Ordered in New Orleans

31 08 2008

City officials ordered everyone to leave New Orleans beginning Sunday morning — the first mandatory evacuation since Hurricane Katrina flooded the city three years ago — as Hurricane Gustav grew into what the city’s mayor called “the storm of the century” and moved toward the Louisiana coast.