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Water spills over the top of a levee on the Industrial Canal in New Orleans. (Source: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Gauging Gustav

by Sarah Handel
Sep 1, 2008

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As of this posting, Hurricane Gustav has made landfall on the Gulf Coast southwest of New Orleans, and he's hitting it hard. Not, at this point, in Katrina fashion, but it's still no joke. The levees are holding, but water is sloshing over the tops of them. Winds are snapping off tree limbs and doing enough damage to cause major power outages. What's definitely different, this time around, is the human response. According to the AP, the Louisiana Coast is "all-but-deserted," as officials stated early and often, in no uncertain terms, that everyone must evacuate. We'll take an hour to get a full update from the coast, and wrap with a quick update from Ken Rudin about how Gustav — and Sarah Palin — are playing at the RNC in St. Paul.

UPDATE: Click here to find the US Geological Survey's real-time map of water levels along the Gulf Coast.
Click here for Andy Carvin's social media project on Gustav, chock-full of user-provided updates on the storm.

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