“You will not get a pass this time. Anyone caught looting in New Orleans will go directly to the Big House in the general population. You will go directly to Angola Prison and God bless you if you go there.”
Waiting for the ACLU to go bonkers on that.]]>
Katrina had a footprint of about 400 miles, he said. Gustav is about 900 miles and growing, Nagin said.
“This is worse than a Betsy, worse than a Katrina,” Nagin said.
The mayor speculated that Gustav is so fierce Baton Rouge likely will experience 100 mph winds.
“You need to be scared and you need to get your butts out of New Orleans right now,” Nagin said.
Nagin said he expects Gustav to “punch holes in the Harvey Canal,” which will cause the West Bank to become a bath tub.
While the map shows Gustav not making a direct ‘hit’ on New Orleans, you have to remember the counterclockwise spin of the hurricane will result in some of the heaviest winds and rains going right into New Orleans. The storm surge there could be WORSE than Katrina causing even more flooding than last time.]]>
Interestingly the computer models are showing more and more of a western drift for Hurricane Gustav with a potential landfall in Texas, some even showing Houston directly in its path. Computer models are still wildly divergent, but I expect we might see the NHC official forecast shift a bit away from New Orleans and toward Texas over the next 24-36 hours.
As you can see, Katrina was more of a direct hit on New Orleans than Gustav is currently projected to be. However, at this point in the storm (i.e. 5 days before Louisiana) Katrina was still projected to hit Florida, so you should be wary of last minute adjustments.]]>