Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Fay Was a Bust, But Here Comes Gustav

It's dry and getting drier here. I was hoping that the remnants of tropical storm Fay would have brought us some much needed rainfall here, but the remnants stayed to our south and east. Eastern Kentucky recieved two inches of rain today and North Carolina received over four inches of rain today. But, there may be a ray of hope on the horizon with hurricane Gustav.

Gustav is currently skirting the southern coastline of Haiti heading towards Cuba. At this point, Gustav is a category 1 hurricane with winds around 80mph. The current track has the storm heading towards New Orleans by early next week. It is expected to reach category 3 strength by the time it reaches land. Already, the city of New Orleans is making evacuation plans and motels and hotels are already sold out as people make plans to head inland. This storm will be the first test of the new levy system since the devastation of Katrina in 2005. It's saddening to say, but three years after hurricane Katrina, parts of New Orleans still look like this...