Gustav makes landfall

Hurricane Gustav has made landfall southwest of New Orleans as a Cat 2 storm with winds at 110 mph.

WDSU in NOLA is reporting that water is topping the Industrial Canal on the Gentilly Side.

Here is a Live video feed.

The concern is that the water level could go higher.

In Pike County, Civil Defense Director Richard Coghlan urged residents to excercise caution.

“We can still expect 50 mph winds and rainfall between 6 to 8 inches,” Coghlan says. “We’re going to continue to deal with this through tomorrow — either wind or rain.”

read more at McComb Enterprise-Journal

Katrina+3: Waiting on the Big Swede

Gov. Haley Barbour issued a state of emergency declaration for the southern part of Mississippi on Thursday afternoon due to the potential threat coming from the Big Swede.

“Now is the time to prepare yourself, your family and your friends,” Barbour said in a statement.

Barbour also urged “all Mississippians to please take this storm seriously. One of the most important lessons we learned after Hurricane Katrina was that there is no substitute for awareness and self-help, especially in the days before a hurricane is predicted to hit.” link

We’re ready. I think. Still have a few loose ends to tie up, but most of the preparation has been done.

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WFFOT: College Football season gets going big time this weekend.

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Gustav strengthens

Hurricane Gustav, which sounds suspiciously like some sneaky Russian bastid, is poised to make landfall today in Haiti. Then, in a typically treacherous Rooskie manuever, is expected to skirt around the southern coast of the worker’s paradise of Kooba before entering the GOM.

“This time next week it will be somewhere in the Gulf,” said Eric Wilhelm, senior meteorologist at private forecaster AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. “All the states lining the Gulf Coast of the U.S. will be on the lookout.”

Gustav will probably intensify into a Category 2 hurricane later today with winds of at least 96 mph and may develop into a Category 3 or 4 by the end of the week, Wilhelm said. Hurricanes are rated on the 5-step Saffir-Simpson scale, with Categories 3 or higher deemed “major” storms, with winds of 111 mph and higher.

Come to think of it, Gustav coming this close to the 3rd anniversary of Katrina is too much of a “coincidence” for me. You know, the more I think about it, “Katrina” sounds like some kind of Russo-Cuban hybrid fusion beeyotch name, doesn’t it.

Another coincidence? I think not.

/he says, removing his tin foil hat.

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