This video from Associated Press is called Hurricane Gustav Roars Over Haiti.
By Jerry White in the USA:
Hurricane Gustav threatens New Orleans, Gulf Coast
1 September 2008
As of this writing Hurricane Gustav is bearing down on the US Gulf Coast after its destructive passage through the Caribbean left more than 80 people dead in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica and severe damage and flooding in western Cuba, where the storm, considered the most powerful in half a century, included sustained winds of 150 miles per hour.
On Sunday evening, the US National Hurricane Center said the storm had weakened to a Category 3 hurricane with winds of up to 125 miles per hour, but warned that it could pick up strength by the time it reached the coast. High winds are expected to hit New Orleans shortly after midnight and are due to reach hurricane strength during early morning hours. The hurricane is expected to make landfall west of the city around 2 p.m. local time, with winds reaching 115 miles per hour.
Three years ago, on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed the failure of the levee system led to the deaths of nearly two thousand people and an estimated $90 billion in damage. The storm exposed the negligence of the entire political establishment—from the White House and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to state and local authorities, who were responsible for both the underfunding and poor construction of the levees and the disorganized and incompetent disaster response.
In the face of a similar-sized hurricane, authorities have ordered the evacuation of much of the Gulf Coast, from the Florida-Alabama border to eastern Texas. In all, 11.5 million people are in the path of Gustav, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Much of the Gulf’s petroleum industry—which produces 25 percent of US oil and 15 percent of the country’s natural gas—has been shut down, leading to predictions of sharp increases in fuel prices.
Track Hurricane Gustav live here.
Blog from New Orleans: here.
See also here.
Cuba and Gustav: here.
Texas hit hard by Hurricane Ike: here.
Victims blamed in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike: here.