Gustav Strikes in Louisiana

by Jay Gray

NBC News

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - Hurricane Gustav slammed into the Gulf Coast with 110 mile an hour winds Monday morning, but weakened quickly as it moved over land, raising hopes that New Orleans would escape the devastating flooding brought by Katrina three years ago.

The storm did bring a frightening reminder of the city's darkest hours: water topping the flood walls and levees.

Gusting winds pushed waves over the wall at the Industrial Canal, the Harvey Street Canal and at 17th Street as well.

All were trouble spots during Katrina.

There is still some flooding.

Parts of the Ninth Ward took on close to a foot of water, but conditions were much worse along the coastal areas.

In Gulfport, Mississippi the storm surge began to swallow roadways and homes along the beach.

The over 100 mile per hour wind ripped away signs, peeled off shingles and siding, and flattened trees.

At least 300,000 in Louisiana lost power, a third of those in New Orleans.

Thankfully Gustav did not deliver the punch it had promised just days earlier as a much more powerful Category 4 storm.