Hurricane Gustav; another Katrina on the offering

September 1st, 2008 - 10:29 pm ICT by David M N James  

Hurricane GustavTropical storm Gustav is poised to become a hurricane with magnitudes closer to those of killer hurricane Katrina.

Gustav which so far is closing in on American oil drilling hub has sent drilling in Gulf of Mexico to collapse as fears of it damaging effects has forced major companies operating from there to close down their facilities. Storm Gustav this weakened, easing concerns by pundits that it will immensely damage drilling rigs and refineries.

At earlier hours, Gustav had been downgraded to a Category 2 storm, the second-weakest of the five levels of hurricane strength. The storm has a sporadic state and has so far changed it has changed its state five times and at various times hitting a very dangerous hurricane level.

According to reports by the National Hurricane Center in Miami Gustav is perfectly aimed at the heart of U.S. oil and gas production. Experts have seen the storm become threatening. It has been dubbed the next Katrina and it has severally shown these abilities of being extremely destructive. However, Gustav is two categories below the peak strength reached by Hurricane Katrina three years ago.

Hurricane Gustav gained substantially as it closed in on flood-prone coastal Louisiana early Monday. Heavy and strong winds hit out at residences cutting off power supply. The punishing storm veered away from New Orleans.

New Orleans had only a few holdouts and those that refused to abandon Bourbon Street remained. Branches from the majestic oak trees that form a canopy over St. Charles Avenue were humbled and brought down as power grid was damaged leaving tens of thousands without power.

Emergency services say they are using generators to supply power in the town. Weather and relief officials say they do not expect loss of life but immense damage to homes and roads as well as other vital facilities around and flooding.

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