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Gustav Targets New Orleans

If you’re in New Orleans, it’s probably time to leave. The latest models show that there’s a good chance of Gustav making landfall near New Orleans, although the cone of uncertainty is quite wide. Hurricane Gustav is predicted to be a category 3 hurricane when it reaches land. This isn’t good news for New Orleans, which is still recovering from Katrina. According to CNN, about 4300 people still live in FEMA trailers. I wouldn’t want to be in one of those during a category 3 hurricane.

Even though Gustav is expected to fall west of Pensacola, you better believe I’ve already been getting prepared. Unless we see a huge shift that puts Pensacola Beach far out of harm’s way, this Labor Day weekend will be spent buying supplies like water, canned goods, tarps and garbage bags. I’ll also be testing out the hurricane shutters and preparing everything I want to take off the island (car, electronics, files, etc).

If nothing else, this will be a good practice run, as we have several other contenders in the North Atlantic right now.. Tropical Storm Hanna, and Invest 97. Look at all these!

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