Sunday, August 31, 2008

USA taking Gustav seriously

"We're hopeful that the storm will miss us, but we've got to prepare as if it's coming our way." - Mayor Ray Nagin

NVDL: That's a sensible approach.
clipped from

The most dire warnings from forecasters Friday were reserved for Cuba, which could face a "major hurricane" on Saturday. But New Orleans found itself in an astonishing position: On the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the city was preparing for Gustav, which could grow into the first major hurricane to hit the city since the national disaster.

If Gustav continues to gain strength and continue on as forecasts suggest, it would strike New Orleans at the same strength as Katrina, category 3.

"This is not a time to panic," Governor Barbour said, according to The Associated Press, "but it is a time to get prepared."

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