Picture from 2005 showing hurricane katrina getting ready to strike New Orleans.
Hurricane Gustav is the “mother of all storms” and “the storm of the century”. Those are the words used by New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin to describe the approaching category 4 Hurricane Gustav. The projected path of Hurricane Gustav shows New Orleans being in the dead center of the approaching Hurricane Gustav. Earlier it was being forecast to be a Category 3 Hurricane, but now the intensity of the Hurricane has picked up and it will now hit the Gulf Coast as a Hurricane with Category 4 intensity and winds. A category 4 hurricane can have wind speeds anywhere between 131 – 155 Miles per hour. Gustav is forecast to be headed towards the gulf coast with winds at 150 miles per hour.
CNN quoted Mayor Ray Nagin as follows:
“You need to be scared,” Nagin said of the Category 4 hurricane tearing along Cuba’s western coast. “You need to be concerned, and you need to get your butts moving out of New Orleans right now. This is the storm of the century.”
The city’s west bank is to evacuate at 8 a.m.
Nagin said the city had evacuated roughly 10,000 people Saturday on buses, trains and planes, in addition to the thousands who left on their own. Buses from collection points would continue running until midnight and resume at 6 a.m. Sunday, he said. Video Watch CNN’s Don Lemon report on evacuations »
“This storm is so powerful and growing more powerful every day,” Nagin said. “I’m not sure we’ve seen anything like this.”