Sunday, August 31, 2008

Gustav, a bit weaker still

As of 1 PM Sunday, Gustav's sustained winds are down to 115 mph. that is very good news, since earlier models were projecting significant strengthening by now. It will be very difficult for this hurricane to intensify to a Category 5 storm or perhaps even a Category 4. It is still dangerous because of flooding, wind damage and spawning tornados. But it is looking less like a horrible storm and more like a "typical" one. Word from my relatives is that getting to Baton Rouge from the New Orleans area is actually quite smooth right now. It looks like most people got out yesterday and early this morning. Anyone who is still there should not have traffic as a reason to stay. It still makes sense to get out and get to higher ground. The storm should still intensify to some degree.

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