Published on September 1, 2008 12:47 PM | Comments
So the NHC did downgrade the storm to a Category 2 before it made land fall. That is a huge difference - it could have been much worse. From the Guardian:
Hurricane Gustav weakened to a category two storm as it continued on its path towards the largely deserted coast of Louisiana, with predictions that New Orleans could avoid its full force when it reaches the city later today.
The National Hurricane Centre said Gustav had weakened to a category two hurricane by 8am (2pm BST) -- a storm with winds of 155-180kph (95-110 mph), which can generate a storm surge of around 2-3 metres.